DECLAN RICE has revealed his career at West Ham was almost a success when he was just 16 years old.
Seven years ago, however, the Hammers coaches wondered whether to take him away.
“It was a 50-50 decision.
“Half of the coaches say: ‘Keep him,’ and half say: ‘We’re not too sure’.”
Rice, now 23, signed a two-year scholarship deal shortly after and has since developed into one of the best midfielders in the world.
His current contract with West Ham runs until 2024 and he also dismissed reports linking him to leaving the London Stadium as “just noise”, with both the club set of Manchester and Chelsea was associated with him.
He told Gary Neville’s YouTube show The Overlap: “I don’t want a career where I don’t win anything.
“I have grown up watching all these top players win all the major trophies. I’m a football fan and a player, I want to get the best. Those are the best moments of your life. ”
The Hammers are currently 4th in Prem and are still in the Europa League and FA Cup.
But he added: “I want to win the Premier League, the Champions League, the FA Cup, the League Cup, even things with England.
“I want to win them all and be the best I can be.
“As a player, if you don’t have that ambition, why are you playing?”
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https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17617398/declan-rice-west-ham-career/ Declan Rice claims West Ham’s career was almost END when he was just a teenager and says ‘it’s 50-50’