Rice: I’ve got the ability to play for Man Utd

first_imgDeclan Rice believes he is good enough to play for Manchester United, but thinks the time isn’t right to consider a move away from West Ham.The 20-year-old was linked with a move to Old Trafford during the recent transfer window, but has stayed put at the London Stadium to anchor Manuel Pellegrini’s midfield.When asked about the United rumours, Rice made it clear he felt it was the right decision to remain in east London, but suggested he could make it at the Theatre of Dreams. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “Don’t get me wrong, I think I’ve got the ability to play for a club like that. But it’s all about the timing and I don’t think the timing is right for me at all. I’ve still got so much to learn,” Rice told FourFourTwo in their latest magazine.”I’m loving it at West Ham, the connection between me and the supporters is special. I’ve become one of the fans’ favourites and the manager likes me.”Rice signed a five-and-a-half-year deal with the Hammers at the end of 2018 after becoming a first-team regular under Pellegrini following a slow start to the season.He indicated there was a chance he could remain at West Ham long term, but was adamant he wanted to just see how his future played out over the next few campaigns.”I’ve signed a contract here for the next few years and I’m looking forward to playing this season and the season beyond, so we’ll just see where it goes,” he said.”To be called a West Ham legend in the future, maybe, would be a real honour.”Declan Rice West Ham 2018-19Rice revealed his breakout season at West Ham nearly never happened, after he was close to joining Aston Villa on loan at the start of the campaign when it looked as if he might not be a regular.The defensive midfielder was substituted at half-time while the Hammers were 2-0 down against Liverpool at Anfield on the opening weekend and it crossed his mind to seek a move for first-team opportunities.”I wanted to go to Aston Villa under Steve Bruce,” he said.”I remember speaking to Ryan Fredericks on the plane on the way home, and I was thinking that I should go on loan.”Being dragged off at Anfield and then being left out of the squad for the next couple of matches, it really made me think.”West Brom, Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa wanted me. I was pushing for Villa the most.”I remember speaking to the manager here, saying that I should go on loan. He just laughed it off and said, ‘You’re not going on loan!’ He said, ‘You’re going to stay, and you’re going to play’. He told me that I had to get back into the team.”Rice has played 90 minutes in all four of the Hammers’ Premier League matches this season, helping the team to a seven-point tally that puts them in seventh position in the table.His solid domestic form was rewarded by England manager Gareth Southgate with selection in the squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo.last_img read more

Blazers return home for Game 3, down 2-0 to Golden State

first_img Share: The younger Curry had 16 points and four steals off the bench on Thursday, including a steal on his brother. Seth Curry even engaged in a little trash talk when his brother was at the free throw line as the game wound down.“This was like the coolest experience I think I’ve ever had playing against him. We talked about the stage and he was amazing tonight,” Steph Curry said. “You know, every minute he was out there defensively, he was a pest. Made three big shots the fourth quarter that were very timely.”He added with a smile that it must have been nerve-wracking for his parents, “but it worked out perfectly tonight: He played well and we won.”Game 3 will be the first conference final game in Portland since 2000. The Blazers lost that series to the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers in seven games. Published: May 17, 2019, 8:08pm Stephen Curry led Golden State with 37 points. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said experience pushed Golden State at the end after Portland’s dominant play for most of the game.“We’ve done this a few times, and yeah, we stole it for sure,” Kerr said.Golden State, vying for a fifth straight trip to the NBA Finals, won the opening game against the Blazers 116-94, with Curry scoring 36 points to lead the way.The series so far, and particularly Game 2, has been an entertaining battle between Curry and his younger brother Seth, who plays for the Blazers. It is the first time that brothers have played each other in a conference final. PORTLAND — Damian Lillard says Golden State did its job and protected home court. Now it’s time for the Trail Blazers to do the same.The Western Conference finals between the upstart Blazers and the defending champion Warriors shifts to Portland on Saturday with Golden State holding a 2-0 advantage.The Blazers were up 15 points at the half and led by eight with 4 1/2 minutes left before the Warriors rallied — boosted by Kevon Looney’s dunk with less than a minute left, and a game-sealing steal from Andre Iguodala — for a 114-111 victory in Game 2 on Thursday night.Golden State capped the game with a 14-3 run to avoid falling into a tie in the best-of-seven series. Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, is defended by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) By ANNE M. PETERSON, Associated Press Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Follow The Columbian on Instagramcenter_img Blazers return home for Game 3, down 2-0 to Golden State Portland looking to turn series around at Moda Center Follow By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. “Lost the game, but you know, their job was to take care of their home floor, and we’ve got an opportunity to do the same thing,” Lillard said.Lillard, who grew up just a few miles from Oracle Arena, finished with 23 point and 10 assists, but was thwarted by Golden State’s defense, including Iguodala’s at the end. CJ McCollum had 22 points in Portland’s eighth straight playoff loss to the Warriors since 2016.“We’ve got to bring that same energy at home, understand that this is the first time in 19 years we’ve been in the conference final,” McCollum said. “I know they (the fans) will be excited and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity playing at home and building on what we’ve done.“Being down 0-2, it’s not what you would like to see but it’s our reality, so now we got to go get some at home.” Share: GO “I know they are going to be excited,” Stephen Curry said in noting the atmosphere at the Moda Center. “We’ve got to do whatever we can to hopefully take them out of it early. Knowing Portland is going to feed off that energy, it’s going to be tough to win up there, so we got to bring it.”Back at home, the Blazers won’t need to deal with the return of Kevin Durant. The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP is still out with a right calf injury and isn’t set to be re-examined until next week, meaning it’s likely he’ll miss the rest of this series.Durant, who won’t travel with the team to Portland, averaged 34.2 points in the playoffs before he was injured in the third quarter of Golden State’s Game 5 victory over Houston.The third-seeded Blazers bested Oklahoma City 4-1 in the opening round, then needed all seven games to get past the Denver Nuggets in the semifinals. The Warriors downed both the Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets in six games to get to the conference finals.last_img read more