By 90Min
November 25, 2018

West Ham's 4-0 loss at the hands of Manchester City was made worse for Hammers fans after Pep Guardiola praised Declan Rice's individual performance.

With his contract set to run out in the summer of 2020, West Ham have been keen to tie Rice down to a new contract but their advances have thus far been rebuffed. The uncertainty over the youngster's future has alerted the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and now Manchester City.

Despite West Ham's poor performance against City on Saturday, Rice was a stand-out performer for Manuel Pellegrini's side and Guardiola was quick to praise the Hammers' midfielder. 

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The Catalonian manager said: "Declan Rice is an excellent young player and he will be a top English player for many years to come," as reported by Football London

With Fernandinho approaching the twilight of his career, Manchester City may well be in the market for a player of Rice's ilk soon and Guardiola's comments have sent West Ham fans to panic stations. 

Here are some of their reactions of social media: 

These fans seem to have accepted that Rice will be poached in January...

However, this particular Hammers fan was more defiant: 

Rice is currently earning a mere £3,000-a-week at West Ham and every performance like the one against Manchester City further justifies his demands for higher wages. 

West Ham will struggle to replace a player as versatile as Rice and the Irons' fans will be hoping that the club can strike a deal to secure his future in east London. 

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Following their 4-0 loss to Manchester City, Pellegrini's side face a resurgent Newcastle side away from home in the Premier League. West Ham are currently underperforming given the quality of their squad and are in 13th position in the league. 

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