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Declan Rice opens up on the key change that has influenced his West Ham career

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West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has lifted the lid on his transition from a budding centre-back to a defensive midfielder.

Maybe as I got older but because I'm so good passing the ball, left foot, right foot, I've got the pace and the strength I could see myself as a centre-back in the future.

Indeed, Rice played a centre-back in his early days with the first team, particularly under David Moyes.

However, under the stewardship of Manuel Pellegrini, Rice has become one of the best midfield anchors in the Premier League, which has earned him a regular starting spot with the England senior squad too.

Because of my ability on the ball, I can play left foot, right foot, I'm big and strong so I can get about," he told the Football Ramble podcast.

His performances have left the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City touting his services, according to reports, at the age of 20.

Whilst most players often move from midfield to defence as they age, with Fernandinho at Manchester City an obvious example this season, Rice has transitioned in the opposite directions.
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