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West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini has paid tribute to Declan Rice as the speculation surrounding the teenager’s future continues to gather pace.

What did he say?

Rice will see his current deal with West Ham expire at the end of next season, and it is understood that the two parties are still some way off in terms of an agreement.

Indeed, Rice is still on £3,000 a week at the London Stadium, and has already rejected an offer in the region of £15,000 a week, if reports are to be believed.

Tottenham Hotspur, amongst others, are said to be closely watching developments when it comes to the 19-year-old’s future, which is a horrible thought for the West Ham fans.

And Pellegrini has been speaking about the midfielder ahead of West Ham’s trip to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League this weekend.

Pellegrini is quoted as saying by West Ham’s official website:

“Declan has a lot of potential to arrive at the level he wants. He is learning a lot of things very fast and improving his performance in every game. I hope he will be a top player in some years more.

“He is a very important tactical position for the team and I think he has a lot of potential.

“He is mature for his age as a player. Young players try to do what they think is best but Declan is always listening to what we are telling him. If you compare him now to his first

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