September 19th 2023.
Rio Ferdinand has had nothing but praise for Declan Rice's transition into his Arsenal career. He believes the club's record signing has fit in perfectly into Mikel Arteta's side since his move from West Ham.
When Arsenal spent £105 million on the former West Ham skipper, it raised many eyebrows. But Rice's impact on the team has been nothing short of immediate. His match-winning performance against Manchester United and his commanding display in Sunday's win against struggling Everton are testament to that.
The chatter around Rice's transfer fee has died down, which is a clear indication of his form, according to Ferdinand. "When you go for a high fee, that's all that's mentioned when it's not going well or you're mediocre. But when it's going well people don't even mention it," he said.
Ferdinand, who cost Manchester United a British transfer record of £29m when he joined from Leeds United in the summer of 2002, believes Rice has fit in perfectly. "He's kind of fitted in like a glove and added a bit more steel and security and calmness to that team," he said.
It's clear to see that Rice has settled into Arsenal seamlessly. His performances speak for themselves and it shows in his transfer fee chatter dying down. Ferdinand is right - it's a sign of Rice's form.
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