Declan Rice has admitted he cannot wait to play against Tottenham this season – and in particular Tanguy Ndombele.

The England midfielder, who watched Spurs’ record-signing regularly in last seasons Champions League as Lyon reached the quarter-finals, said that West Ham’s French contingent have been singing the praises of the 22-year-old, who made his Tottenham debut in their 3-1 victory against Premier League new boys Aston Villa on Saturday.

And Rice and co would have undoubtedly been impressed with the quality of the strike that Ndombele produced for Tottenham’s equaliser against Villa, as the midfielder sent a stunning curling effort past Tom Heaton before two late Harry Kane goals sealed the win.

In an interview with TalkSPORT, he said: “I’m really looking forward to playing against Ndombele. I watched him in the Champions League last season and he looked like a top, top player.

“The French boys here were raving about him, saying what a good player he was, so I’m looking forward to playing against Spurs and looking forward to playing against him.

“Everything they’re doing now and the player’s they’ve got, they’ve definitely got the squad now to be challenging up there for titles, and I wouldn’t put it past them.”

Rice won’t have to wait long until he gets his wish – with the Hammers hosting their London rivals at the London Stadium at the end of November before the return fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in March.



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