Declan Rice names top five Premier League midfielders – including rival Man Utd target

Declan Rice has been linked with a switch to Manchester United and named Yves Bissouma, also a transfer target for the Red Devils, as one of his toughest opponents

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Declan Rice has named fellow Manchester United target Yves Bissouma among the best midfielders he’s come up against.

The West Ham star is among the most accomplished players who operate in the middle of the pitch.

His performances have attracted plenty of attention and the Hammers will need to warn off potential suitors in the not too distant future.

United are in need of reinforcements in midfield and have long been linked with both Rice and Bissouma.

Neither men will come cheap as they look to bolster their ranks with the West Ham man heaping praise on the Seagulls star.

He told BT Sport: “Bissouma is a really great player. When you play against him you see what he’s like. He is strong in the tackle, can bring the ball forward and finds passes.

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Yves Bissouma and Declan Rice have both been linked with moves to Man Utd

“He’s got a bit of flair about him as well. He’s consistent as well.”

Rice has also highlighted Paul Pogba, a man who has continued to receive criticism throughout his time in England, as one of the best he’s come up against.

The Frenchman could leave Manchester this summer with his contract set to expire but Rice has waxed lyrical about his quality.

“He gets criticised but he’s honestly one of the top three players I’ve ever played against,” claimed the Englishman.

“Since he’s been in the Premier League there have been a lot of opinions about him but he is unbelievable. My second game for West Ham was at Old Trafford, we lost 4-0 and I came on with half hour to go and he ran the show.”

Rice then continued to praise his fellow midfielder colleagues with two of Manchester City’s crop leaving their mark.

He added: “Mateo Kovavic… he is incredible. You don’t really realise how good he is until you play against him.

“He can take the ball in tight areas, his dribbling ability is incredible, he can find a pass, he can control games, fairly quick as well. He’s always been a tough opponent to play against.

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“Next one I’m gonna go Bernardo Silva. He is so, so good. For someone that’s so small, he’s got a tenacious side to him with the way he presses and defends for his team.

“With the ball, he’s like a magician. I speak to the England boys [who play for Man City] when we go away and they say he’s one of the best players they’ve ever played with.

“I’m going to have to go with Rodri as well, just the way he is for that Man City side, he’s a great player.

“He’s got that Spanish side to him where he keeps the ball moving, one and two touch and constantly knows his next pass. It took him a little bit of time to adapt to the Premier League but now he’s a real, top player.”

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