The England international has been heavily linked with a move, but the Hammers captain is hopeful the club can keep him
Mark Noble says he hopes Declan Rice will stay with West Ham for the foreseeable future, although the veteran midfielder has admitted “you never know” what can happen as the big clubs whirl around.
The 21-year-old midfielder, who has won 13 senior caps since choosing to represent England rather than Ireland internationally, has played 16 times for the Hammers this season.
As rumors continue to tie Rice to some of England’s biggest clubs, Noble is hopeful that he can call Rice a teammate for the foreseeable future, but he understands how difficult it will be for that to become a reality.
“He is still learning his trade, he will improve a lot with experience. I hope it’s here [at West Ham] but in this game you never know ”, said Noble TalkSPORT.
“I’m sure he will be one of the best, the best players and an even better player in the years to come.
Noble, who has been with West Ham since joining as a young player in 2000, added that he believes Rice could one day become England captain if he continues to be one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.
“With Dec, I don’t have to say too much. He’s a great kid, he has a big family, he’s a top player.
“There are a couple of things I’ve been on him the last couple of seasons to change what he does.
“I believe if he improves he will one day become England captain. He’s the kind of player he is.
“He’s such a level-headed kid. You have to remember that he is still only 21 years old. “
West Ham currently sit 10th in the Premier League, having recently won a 2-2 draw with Brighton on Sunday.