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Rice relishing life with West Ham

PUBLISHED: 12:30 07 January 2018

West Ham United's Declan Rice (left) looks on as Pablo Zabaleta challenges Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane at Wembley Stadium (pic David Davies/PA)

West Ham United's Declan Rice (left) looks on as Pablo Zabaleta challenges Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane at Wembley Stadium (pic David Davies/PA)

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Declan Rice was devastated when he was released by Chelsea, but four years on he is rapidly turning into a Premier League star.

West Ham United's Declan Rice (pic Mark Kerton/PA) West Ham United's Declan Rice (pic Mark Kerton/PA)

Teenage defender Rice helped nullify Harry Kane, Dele Alli and co as West Ham grabbed a valuable point in a 1-1 draw against Tottenham at Wembley on Thursday.

And the 18-year-old admits he is now probably the envy of his former Blues academy team-mates as he establishes himself as a key member of the Hammers’ rearguard.

“I was released by Chelsea at 14 years old,” said Rice.

“I remember it, a Tuesday night. On the Wednesday I was training with Fulham, five minutes from my house, and then on the Thursday I was training with West Ham.

“After one session at both clubs they both wanted me. There was interest from other clubs as well but I made the switch to West Ham.

“I had to change house, change school, so it was a massive decision and it’s paid off.

“When Chelsea let me go it was really deflating. For me, as a youngster, it’s all I ever knew – living 10 minutes from the training ground, going to loads of the games.

“It’s one of those where you’ve just got to pick yourself up and go again.

“I think some of the boys at Chelsea might be thinking ‘Wow! Look at Dec doing well for West Ham’.”

Rice will be back in the starting line-up when the Hammers head to League One Shrewsbury in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.

Manager David Moyes has admitted he would sacrifice a run in the cup for Premier League survival, but Rice insists the two are not mutually exclusive.

“Football’s all about winning,” he added.

“We’re doing well now in the Premier League. We’ve had some great results. But the FA Cup – it would be great if we could get towards the end and really push for it.

“Crystal Palace have got there before, to the final. Other clubs have done it, and if we ever won the FA Cup that would be massive for us, and for me.

“Winning my first big trophy with West Ham, that would be a real dream.”

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