Danny Mills has hailed the “incredible” Declan Rice after he was awarded the West Ham Player of the Year trophy.

The former Manchester City and Leeds right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, fears it will be “very difficult” for David Moyes to keep hold of the 21-year-old this summer.

Rice received over 50% of fans’ votes for the ‘Hammer of the Year’ award with Angelo Ogbonna and Michail Antonio placing second and third.

The centre-midfielder, who was also played at centre-half last season, did not miss a minute of league action in the 2019/20 campaign and played nearly 500 minutes more than any of his teammates.

Mills was blown away by what he described as a near impossible feat.

“It is incredible,” he told Football Insider.

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“To get through a whole season and not miss a minute is very, very rare in this day and age. With lockdown and the issues that surrounded that it is very easy to pick up an injury.

“He has played international football as well. To play every single game is a fantastic achievement. To not have a dip in form either, at such a young age, is equally fantastic.

“West Ham will now have a very difficult job keeping hold of him.”

Chelsea are very keen on signing the England international this summer and Football Insider understands the Irons want £80million in cash for their prise asset.

Rice still has four years left on his contract at the London Stadium.

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