In Summary
  • The midfielder has opened up on how the transfer negotiations made him feel.
  • Arsenal signed the 24-year-old England international in July for 105 million pounds

Arsenal midfielder, Declan Rice has admitted he didn’t think he was worth £105m.

Rice made the big-money move from West Ham to the Emirates in the summer.

However, since his move, the 24-year-old  has adapted quite well  under Mikel Arteta

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Rice Says He Felt Very Nervous

Declan Rice (Photo Courtesy)


Declan Rice said his big-money transfer to Arsenal from West Ham United left him feeling “very nervous” and the midfielder arrived in North London knowing the club would expect to see him make an immediate impact.

Arsenal signed the 24-year-old England international in July for 105 million pounds ($130.84 million), a record transfer between two British clubs.

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I had done Great at  West Ham

Declan-Rice (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)


He says he was very nervous

“When the transfer was going through I was very nervous because of the price tag,” Rice told reporters

“You’re a human being bought for 105 million pounds, it doesn’t feel very normal. But that was because of what I’d done at West Ham, what they valued me at.

“It’s 100 million pounds, it’s a lot of money, I could understand the pressure that comes with it.

“Not only the pressure you put on yourself but there’s an expectation of being bought for that much money we need to see performances straight away. They have invested a lot of money in me, I need to prove why I can go there and change things.”

Rice also said he understood why England team mate Grealish, who won the treble with City last season, may have struggled initially after his transfer.

“He was a 100 million pounds footballer but as he wasn’t playing as much, it was probably as bit different for him. Now he’s flying and it’s the same for me,” added Rice.


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