Declan Rice insists he is happy at West Ham and is confident that he can achieve his ambitions at the club.
The English midfielder has been constantly linked with moves to Chelsea and Manchester United and has reportedly stalled over signing a new deal.
But before the Europa League game against Rapid Vienna on Thursday evening, Rice reiterated his commitment to West Ham.
“We’ve talked about it a lot in the past,” said the 22-year-old. “Everyone knows how I feel about West Ham and how I play under the coach and what it’s like to play with the group of players I play with.
“I have the feeling that you can see in my performances that nothing is going on, nothing is my business. I play with a smile on my face, I go out, I lead the team.
“I think you could see a difference if I don’t go out and give 100 percent, but every time I put the shirt on – I have the armband right now – my only goal is to go out.” Go there and give everything for the club and get three points.
“With tomorrow evening on the horizon, the only thought on my mind is to go out and do something for the fans and get the win.
“I think we can do something good. Last season we lost two points behind the Champions League and could have easily got in. Last night, in the League Cup, we knocked out Manchester United.”
“The mentality at this place is that whatever competition we enter, we can go ahead and win it for sure. We want to win it.”
“You can see how happy I am on the pitch, I love playing for this team and this coach. To be honest, it’s such a great place at the moment. With the results and our performance, it makes the difference.” something more special. “
Happy to have Rice on his squad, coach David Moyes says: “I hate to say it in front of him, but he’s arguably one of the best young midfielders in Europe, if not the best.
“When you’re in this position he has a responsibility to himself every time he plays. He plays for England. Every time he turns out he has to play really well.”
“He’s under enough pressure. He’s got enough abuse from me too, so he’ll have to live with it.
“But overall we are really happy with Declan and what he’s doing. His performance has been excellent and I hope it continues.”
The Hammers have to do without Ryan Fredericks and have doubts about right-back Vladimir Coufal ahead of the Austrian side’s visit.