West Ham ace Declan Rice praised by club legend Alvin Martin

Declan Rice of West Ham United during training at Rush Green on March 14, 2019 in Romford, England.

The Hammers academy graduate is reportedly on the radar of fellow Premier League side Manchester United.

Declan Rice of West Ham United during training at Rush Green on March 14, 2019 in Romford, England.

West Ham United legend Alvin Martin has spoken very highly of Declan Rice in conversation with the club website, describing him as a "good fit" for the Hammers and tipping him to continue impressing and improving at the East London club amid speculation linking him with a move away.

Since coming through the West Ham ranks, the 20-year-old has gone from strength to strength, enjoying a superb breakout season in 2018-19 which included making his England debut, signing a long-term contract at the club and being shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

 

Admittedly there were a few difficult moments, such as the half-time substitution at the start of the Premier League season, Rice has kicked on to become indispensable for his club and is well on his way to having the same role for his country.

Although Martin believes the "sky is the limit" for Rice, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United (The Sun), he also insists that the youngster is best placed at West Ham to fully realise his potential.

Sir Trevor Brooking, Declan Rice, Tony Cottee and Alvin Martin outside the New Training Facility at Chadwell Heath on April 2, 2019 in Chadwell Heath, England.

"He needs to make sure he continues to improve because he is still young and potentially there is so much more there for him," Martin told West Ham's official website. "He has to make sure he doesn't take his foot off the pedal, that he goes in every day wanting to improve.

"Now the sky's the limit for him - Declan will know that, over the next couple of seasons, he will continue to improve for West Ham and Manuel Pellegrini. He's a good fit for the club. He's in a comfortable place and it's a sign that West Ham are on the right track."

Rice, who signed a long-term contract at West Ham just before the end of 2018 (official club website) and is reported by the Irish Independent to be valued at £50million, made 38 appearances in all competitions for the East London side this term just gone according to Transfermarkt.

Mark Noble and  Declan Rice of West Ham United during Training at Rush Green on August 30, 2018 in Romford, England.

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