Aaron Cresswell admits he was left fuming by his early impressions of Declan Rice as a West Ham player in a recent interview with Jamie Redknapp.

Then manager Slaven Bilic brought a 17-year-old Rice off the bench and he ended up giving away a goal.

However, Cresswell states that he did not let this affect him in any way and it has only spurred him to become the player that he is today.

He told Redknapp for the Daily Mail, “I remember a pre-season game, against Rubin Kazan in 2016. Slaven Bilic was manager and he brought on this 17-year-old called Declan Rice.

“I remember him giving the ball away for a goal. How did he react? From the off, he was screaming for the ball. I was thinking, ‘Bloody hell, he’s just given a goal away’ but he was that confident, he could let it go.

“He wanted the ball and to take authority of the game. For someone of that age to do that was unbelievable.”

Early bloomer

Rice has had something special about him since day one and he’s only got better as time progressed.

The managers working with him have also been impressed by what they’ve seen and have given him the opportunity to express himself and make the midfield role his own.

Starting a centre-back, he has slotted into the defensive midfield role seamlessly and now seems to be one of the best in that role in the league.

He’s also thrived playing in a more advanced position this season and credit for that must go to David Moyes as well.

We’re certain that we’ve not seen the best of him as he just keeps getting better with each passing year.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers have been handed a boost to complete January signing after a recent update

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