By Azeem Siddiqui

23rd Jul, 2022 | 9:10pm

West Ham star Declan Rice ‘annoyed’ by transfer rumours

West Ham star midfielder Declan Rice has revealed that it is “annoying” to see his name being linked with a move away from the club.

The England international is one of the hottest young properties in European football and has been linked with a number of clubs in the recent past.

Rice, while talking to Sky Sports, stated that he is focused on enjoying and giving his best on the field, something he has done in the past few years.

“It is annoying [to be linked with a move away] because of the numbers that get attached to your name,” he said. “Obviously, you can’t control that at all. Stuff sometimes, you read and see and you don’t want to hear because it’s not true.

“Like I said, I can’t really control that. All I can do is go on the pitch, play football and be happy, and for the last couple of seasons, that’s what I’ve done.

“That’s the faith the manager has put in me. All that speculation, that’s what comes with playing well, I suppose.

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“It’s completely out of my mind [on the pitch]. Nothing’s happened, nothing’s officially happened. I’ve always said, until anything actually happens, there’s no point talking about anything.

“I’m a West Ham player, I’ve got a contract with West Ham. I’ll always respect that. Every time I put on the shirt, I want to be the best player, I want to give my 100%.”

Midfield General

Those words will be music to the ears of West Ham fans who will be fearing the future of their star player ahead of the next season.

There is a reason why Rice is one of the most talked about midfielders in the Premier League right now. The star midfielder has become a fan favourite not just at West Ham but also with the fans of the England national team with many calling him the most important player in the team.

In the 2021-22 season with the Irons, the midfielder scored one goal and provided four assists in 36 Premier League games.

He averaged 2.2 tackles, 1.8 interceptions, and 1.4 clearances per game. He had a pass completion rate of 91.6% and averaged 0.7 key passes per game [Whoscored].

At a time when the Hammers have already lost two midfielders in Mark Noble and Alex Král, it was imperative to ensure that Rice will stay for at least another season.