West Ham star Rice makes Lingard Man Utd transfer demand and takes dig at Spurs’ Mourinho | Football | Sport
Declan Rice has revealed the rash phrases from Tottenham supervisor Jose Mourinho that impressed West Ham to their 2-1 win on Sunday. The victory left the Hammers mendacity in fourth place within the Premier League and on the right track for Champions League soccer subsequent season.
But Spurs boss Mourinho is now the bookies’ favorite to be the subsequent Premier League supervisor to be sacked, after his facet’s fifth defeat of their final six league video games left them 9 factors off the highest 4.
West Ham skipper Rice revealed: “Mourinho said that at the end of the season there would be no comparison as to where Spurs were going to be, compared to West Ham. ‘We are going to take them.’
“You read that and you think “That is going to make me go out there today and prove you wrong.’ We really wanted to go out and beat them.”
And Rice has urged West Ham to make Jesse Lingard’s transfer to the membership everlasting this summer time.
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The Hammers signed Manchester United’s England midfielder Lingard, 28, on mortgage till the top of this season in January.
West Ham paid a £1.5million mortgage payment for the deal and agreed to cowl Lingard’s £100,000-a-week wages – however there is no such thing as a possibility to purchase at the top of the settlement, with United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eager to maintain the England man.
But Lingard has been a revelation at West Ham, since becoming a member of, scoring three objectives in his 4 league video games, together with the decisive strike within the 2-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday that lifted them to fourth place within the Premier League.
Rice now needs his membership to seal a everlasting deal this summer time for the £10m-rated Lingard.
Rice stated: “I’m so happy that we have got Jesse here. Hopefully we can do that for much longer, for next season as well.
“Jesse is top. I knew this from when I played with him for England. He’s a ridiculously good player. You know when you are playing with a top player, he takes the ball on the half turn, in tight areas, relieves the pressure on you.
“When you give Jesse the ball you know he is going to do something with it. And he has got a great personality as well. The lads have really taken to him.”
Rice believes that groups now worry arising in opposition to his continuous West Ham midfield side-kick Tomas Soucek.
The England star has fashioned a formidable partnership with Czech Republic worldwide Soucek at the bottom of West Ham’s midfield, one of many key components of their rise to fourth place within the Premier League, on the again of a run of just one defeat of their final 11 league video games.
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And Rice also revealed that during the FA Cup defeat at United two weeks ago, Soucek ran an incredible, lung-busting 17 kilometres.
Not only that, but the Czech star carried on playing after medics sealed a cut in his eyebrow which saw blood flowing down his face on Sunday.
Rice said: “Tomas is so good. I played against him for England and I knew that it was a big game. Now to have him next to me – you don’t realise how much he actually does. He runs, he’s strong, he’s athletic, he gets into the box.
“He does everything you want a midfielder to do. Teams are coming up against Tomas and thinking, “We don’t want to battle with him today. We go hard, he’s going to go even harder.’
“At Manchester United in the FA Cup, we came in two days after, and discovered he had run 17 kilometres in the game. All the lads were going – that’s not normal Tom!
“He’s unbelievable. The season he is having he is probably going to be our player of the year.”
Last season Wolves’ Leander Dendoncker topped the running charts, registering 13.2k run in one game – but Souceck has hammered that record – as well as popping up with eight goals from midfield.
Rice fully admits that he wants Champions League football next season, insisting: “I would be wrong to say that is not something I am thinking about.
“I want to be in those Champions League places. That is where this club deserves to be. We’ve got the quality – that is where we have got to be pushing.
“The next four games are going to define that. We have got Manchester City, Leeds, Man Utd and Arsenal. If we get through those with a good amount of points then it will be down to single figures of games left then. We will be able to start counting down.
“This is the best West Ham team I have been a part of. The unity, the love the lads have got for each other, the mentality has changed completely.
“We don’t fear anybody. The West Ham of last season would have caved in in that second half against Spurs. Now we won’t cave in to anyone.”