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Rice enjoying himself at the London Stadium

1st March 2019, 09:14 by Tom Hill

Declan Rice insists he is happy at West Ham after winning the Young Player of the Year accolade at the London Football Awards.

The 20-year-old has dominated the headlines in recent weeks after he decided to commit his international future to England, rather than the Republic of Ireland.

He has continued to shine for the Hammers and has helped the club move into 10th in the Premier League table.

Rice has had to work hard to impress Manuel Pellegrini, with the youngster subbed off at half-time during the opening game of the season against Liverpool.

Boss Pellegrini has done plenty of work on his game and Rice believes he is reaping the rewards of their time together on the training ground.

"Last year I made some mistakes but I have bounced back from that," Rice said. "I got subbed at Liverpool, knowing I had to work harder to get back in the team.

"But I have found my place in the team, the manager has shown a lot of belief and trust in me. I am really grateful to him for that.

"I am loving it, I am really enjoying it. Last year was tough because I was in and out of the side and the start of this season was tough.

"I am playing with a smile on my face, which is the main thing."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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