‘He’s ahead of Roy Keane’ – Declan Rice compared to Man Utd legend as Pearce says ‘not a chance’ he is leaving West Ham

STUART PEARCE has claimed Declan Rice is “ahead” of Roy Keane in his improvement as a footballer.

Rice, 23, has already matured into one of many most interesting midfielders on the planet and is significant for each membership and nation.

AFPStuart Pearce has in contrast Declan Rice to Roy Keane[/caption]

Pearce says Rice is “ahead” of the place Keane was when he performed with the Man Utd icon at Nottingham ForestPA:Press Affiliation

Pearce is aware of Rice nicely having served as an assistant coach at West Ham for the final two years, earlier than leaving earlier this summer season.

The 60-year-old additionally frolicked taking part in with Keane at Nottingham Forest when the Manchester United icon was on the Metropolis Floor through the early phases of his profession.

And Pearce reckons Rice is additional forward in his improvement than Keane was on the time.

When requested if Rice was a future England captain, Pearce informed talkSPORT: “No doubt. Simply hold maturing, hold doing what he’s doing, add some objectives to his sport, 100 per cent.


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“I used to be lucky sufficient to play with Roy Keane at Nottingham Forest. He was an excellent expertise when he arrived.

“I believe on the identical age, and I’m rolling the clock again two years for Dec, I might say he’s barely forward of Roy.

“Now, Roy went on to bigger things than Declan has achieved at this moment in time.”

Nevertheless, Pearce admitted Rice does have so as to add objectives to his sport with a purpose to grow to be an entire participant.


The England midfielder has scored simply 9 occasions in 192 video games for West Ham.

Pearce continued: “Roy had a lion beneath the engine and a will to win. I’m not suggesting Declan hasn’t and he gained’t develop into that.

“With Dec’s stature, if he started to add goals to his game… he is so important to West Ham, sitting in front of the back three, but if they could free him up more, he would score goals as well.”

Regardless of rumours of an enormous cash transfer away from East London, Pearce is satisfied Rice will likely be on the London Stadium subsequent season.

The Hammers have slapped a £150million price tag on him in a bid to keep off curiosity from Manchester United and Chelsea.

Pearce added: “Declan’s means, his recovering tackles are sensational. Gamers assume they’ve room when he’s 5 years away however he covers that floor with a burst.

“He is like a lion hunting down a wildebeest that’s injured, he’s a brilliant player and he’ll be at West Ham next season.”

Pearce revealed David Moyes is constructing a staff across the midfielder, and there’s “not a chance” he leaves West Ham this summer season.


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He mentioned: “David [Moyes] has been adamant and the board have been adamant that Declan goes nowhere and David goes to construct a staff round him.

He added: “There is not a chance he is leaving.”