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I didn't think I was good enough, says Rice


Filed: Friday, 1st March 2019
By: Staff Writer


Declan Rice says he felt he was destined to go out on loan following West Ham's defeat at Anfield on the opening day of the season.

The 20-year-old, who was last night named as London's Young Player of the Year in a ceremony staged at Battersea made his first competitive start as a midfielder in the 4-0 drubbing.

And as a result, Rice says he felt he would be sent out on loan - rather than become an integral part of Manuel Pellegrini's first XI.

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"After that game I thought I wasnít cut out for the Premier League," he told the Evening Standard's James Olley.

"I didnít think, playing against Liverpool on that day, I was good enough to carry on playing. I thought then I had to go on loan and gain experience.

"But playing against Liverpool, they can do that. Things start going through your head, you start reading things, but in the end I knew I needed to stop being silly, block that out and keep working hard.

"I came in for the Wimbledon [Carabao Cup] game, the manager put his trust in me. I played well and then we had the Everton [away] game where we won our first game of the season.

"Since then we havenít looked back. Iíve just looked forward and tried to be as positive as possible."

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And despite having made the breakthrough - and having been likened by Pellegrini to former Hammer Javier Mascherano - Rice insists that he is still very much learning his trade.

"Iíve taken that on board but I need to keep working because I am only 20 and I want to reach the top of my game," he added.

"As Iím growing up, going into holding midfield, Iím watching Busquets quite a lot for Barcelona.

"The way he controls the game, his reading of it, technically, defensively - everything about him cuts him out above the rest. Iím really enjoying watching him."





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