West Ham ace Declan Rice names Chelsea man Mason Mount as his best connection in football

Declan Rice of West Ham United  at the Players' Project Launch  at London Stadium on November 7, 2018 in London, England.

The West Ham United youngster knows Mason Mount well from their time spent together at Chelsea.

Declan Rice of West Ham United during Training at Rush Green on August 16, 2018 in Romford, England.

West Ham youngster Declan Rice spoke to reporters about his recent rise to prominence, and shared how the best connection that he shares in football is with Chelsea ace Mason Mount and fellow Hammers starlet Danny Kemp, as quoted by the club's official website.

The 19-year-old has been in fine form for the Hammers this season, making the deep-lying midfield role his own, and his performances have defied his tender years and relative inexperience.

 

Manuel Pellegrini's side have become reliant on the way in which Rice protects the back four, and his presence at the base of West Ham's midfield has allowed the club's more creative players to flourish.

Rice spoke to reporters about his time in the game so far, and named Mason Mount and Danny Kemp as two of his closest friends in football, as quoted by the club's official website:

Declan Rice of West Ham United during his Press Conference after Trainining at Rush Green on September 20, 2018 in Romford, England.

“When you’re younger you play in all sort of positions, but it was the under-10 and 11 age groups that I found my position and I was playing in midfield with Mason Mount, who’s my best mate, and Danny Kemp who is in the Academy here. It was us three together and I still say to this day it was one of the best connections I had in football."

Mount is currently on loan with Derby County, whilst Kemp has impressed for West Ham's under-23 side.

Mason Mount of Derby County and Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Derby County at Stamford Bridge on October 31, 2018 in London,...

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