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Declan Rice opens up on ‘shock’ Chelsea exit

on, Apr 26 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 4/26/2020 8:15:31 AM IST

 LondWest Ham star Declan Rice has opened up on his shock Chelsea exit at the age of 14, describing it as a “massive disappointment”. 

Rice, now 21, joined the Blues’ academy in 2006 but was ultimately released in 2014 as he was left to chase his football dream away from Stamford Bridge. 
While Rice has gone on to prove Chelsea wrong as he stars for the Hammers, the midfielder admits the exit really shook him but didn’t sway his desire to become a professional footballer.
“I had to overcome a massive disappointment of being released by Chelsea at the age of 14,” Rice told Sky Sports’ Soccer AM. 
“That was everything I ever knew to be honest. From nine to 14, training there Monday to Friday, playing games and to get told you won’t be a part of that anymore was a major shock. I never thought it would have to happen but it did.”
“And then I had the fortunate chance to sign for either Fulham or West Ham and chose West Ham and started a whole new chapter.  I knew it was going to be tough, but always as a kid I wanted to be a professional footballer. Nothing was ever going to get in the way of me working as hard as possible to become that.”
“I was just so driven and wanted to be the best I could be. I had to make sacrifices, move away from home, move into new digs, and now all the decisions that I made have played out really well,” said Rice. 

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