Ex-Manchester United defender Gary Neville says he was ‘completely wrong’ over his initial view of West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.
The England international has been touted as one of the finest central midfielders in the Premier League in recent seasons.
Though the Englishman regards himself as a defensive midfield, the 23-year-old also has the ability to play as centre-back, something which has helped him succeed in the midfield.
Despite his versatility and attributes, Gary Neville had doubts over the West Ham United skipper and wasn’t certain if Rice checked all the boxes needed to play for any of the top teams in the league.
However, the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are now being linked with moves to sign Declan Rice, who West Ham United value at £100million, Gary Neville admits he got it ‘completely wrong’ over his assessment of midfielder, who he described as a ‘fantastic’ player.
‘Thought of the Week: ‘Don’t go too early’, Neville wrote on LinkedIn.
‘This is something that I often say to myself in punditry. You form a view on something either in haste or we always tell ourselves sayings like ‘trust your first instincts’, ‘I knew I didn’t like them after five minutes’.
‘I have to say I got it completely wrong. What an outstanding young person.
‘Authoritative, confident, humble and quite simply the most impressive young footballer I’ve interviewed in 11 years.
‘He’s also a fantastic talent and I went too early.’
Having failed to sign a defensive midfielder in January, Manchester United could make another attempt to lure Rice away from West Ham in the summer.
United could lose Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba for free at the end of the season and Declan Rice would obviously rank high as the latter’s replacement.