EbeneInfo – GB – Declan Rice says Chelsea’s release helped shape his professional career

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Rice was released from the Chelsea academic system when he was just 14 and is now the subject of the Blues after thriving during his time at West Ham United

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice admitted his release by Chelsea at the age of 14 was the best thing that could have happened to him

Rice – who was heavily linked with a major return to the Blues in the summer transfer window – was released by the west London-based club as a teenager

The England international has already admitted he cried after being released from Chelsea academy

In 2014, Rice was deemed insufficient by Blues academy officials, before going to trial in West Ham – where he drew attention

The 21-year-old progressed through the Hammers youth ranks before making his first-team debut at the end of the 2016/17 campaign

Chelsea may be ruining their decision to let Rice leave the club, as six years later reports now suggest they want to re-sign the versatile Englishman – and West Ham are said to want 80million pounds sterling for his services

Thinking back on his release from Stamford Bridge, Rice believes it turned out to be his act as a man

Asked by Sky Sports if Chelsea letting him go at age 14 was the best thing that could have happened, Rice said: « I think so I think that’s what I’m doing to be honest with you

« I had to move to West Ham at 14, away from my family I’m a family boy, I love my mom and dad, I live at home with them, and leave them at 14 years old playing with people I don’t know from Monday to Friday, I think it made me who I am

« I had to start being responsible for myself, but listen, I came here and I blossomed I had three managers who really took care of me, I love life here »

Rice has played in the center of the Irons defense before, as well as in the midfield

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However, the latter of the two is what he has grown used to during his time at London Stadium – and it’s also the position he would like to continue playing, he confirmed

« 100% – I have now been playing midfielder for three seasons, » revealed Rice when asked if the center midfielder would be his future position

« A lot of people get carried away with what they want me to do I can place myself in midfield but I think I have a lot more to give and I think my confidence grows in midfield

« I watched the best players, the (Patrick) Vieiras, the Yaya Toures, whenever they saw a little bit of space they fell in it and looked mighty »

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EbeneInfo – GB – Declan Rice says Chelsea’s release has helped shape his professional career

Source: https://www.football.london/west-ham-united-fc/players/declan-rice-chelsea-west-ham-19325418

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