‘He’s a ridiculously top top player’— Declan Rice hails Manchester United player

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West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has heaped praise on Manchester United midfielder, Jesse Lingard for his influence at West Ham since joining them on loan.

Lingard has played four matches for The Hammers, winning a penalty and scoring three goals in the process.

The Englishman also looks a happier player than he was for a long, long time at Old Trafford, and there are already talks of a possible permanent move away from United.

Lingard’s form has attracted praise from some of those at West Ham including his new coach, David Moyes, and teammate, Rice, who is already looking forward to having him around for long.

“Jesse Lingard is a top player,” Rice told talkSPORT. “I knew this from when I played with him for England. He’s a ridiculously top, top player.

“You know when you’re playing with a top player, he takes the ball on the half-turn, takes the ball in tight areas, relieves the pressure on you.

“When you give him the ball you know he’s going to do something with it, and obviously what comes with that is he’s got a great personality as well.

“All the lads have really taken to him and I’m so happy we’ve got him here now at West Ham. Hopefully we can do that for much longer for next season as well!”

Lingard will be at West Ham until the end of the season, when his future will be assessed by the powers that be at Man United.