By Joe Ellis

29th Mar, 2022 | 7:10pm

Yaya Toure 'open' to help Declan Rice improve at West Ham

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says he is prepared to meet West Ham ace Declan Rice in London to help him improve even further.

The 23-year-old Irons vice-captain has become one of the Premier League’s best players this season and his role in David Moyes’ side has become critical.

But like every player in the world, improvement never stops and Toure, who also starred for Barcelona in his illustrious career, is ready to meet with the Hammers star to talk over how he can become even better.

When asked “Can Rice be as effective as Yaya?” in an interview with The Times, Toure said, “Of course, he has the time for it, the knowledge. He will have to meet me because I live in London now. We can talk and I can give him some advice. I am very open to it.”

Last piece of the jigsaw

As a defensive midfielder, which is Rice’s primary position these days, there is probably no one better than him.

His aerial prowess only adds to the mobility and reading of the game that has seen him cement his place in Gareth Southgate’s team.

But he has all the tools and mental capacity to transform himself into a dangerously productive box-to-box midfielder just like Toure was in his prime.

He has all the dribbling and passing talents that he needs and he proves his class every game with surging runs towards the opposition penalty area.

The only thing he has left to improve is his end product and that is why he has to take up the Ivorian on his offer to meet.

If he can squeeze out just that little bit more in quality when he reaches the final third, he could become an unstoppable force in any team he plays for.

In other West Ham news, reports suggest that this Ex-Premier League attacker wants to move to the London Stadium this summer.

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