Declan Rice exclusive: West Ham star hoping Jesse Lingard stays as vice-captain explains ‘band’ celebration against Tottenham

West Ham star Declan Rice has told talkSPORT he hopes Jesse Lingard will stay at the club beyond this season after his brilliant start to life at the London club. Manchester United ace Lingard has been an instant hit since joining the Hammers on loan in January with three goals and one assist in four […]

Declan Rice exclusive: West Ham star hoping Jesse Lingard stays as vice-captain explains ‘band’ celebration against Tottenham

West Ham star Declan Rice has told talkSPORT he hopes Jesse Lingard will stay at the club beyond this season after his brilliant start to life at the London club.

Manchester United ace Lingard has been an instant hit since joining the Hammers on loan in January with three goals and one assist in four appearances, including a strike in Sunday’s London derby win over Tottenham.

Lingard’s wonderful strike settled the London derby for West Ham against Tottenham
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And it appears he’s a popular man in the dressing room too, with vice-captain Rice keen for the club to make his stay permanent in the summer.

Lingard was sent to join David Moyes at West Ham to ‘revitalise’ his career, according to Man United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who insisted after his loan move went through that he expects the 28-year-old back at Old Trafford in the summer.

“We want Jesse to come back here revitalised,” said the manager. “We’ve had little to no injuries and he’s not forced his way into the team, unfortunately.

“I just want him to go there and enjoy himself, show how good a player he is and come back. He is a Manchester United player through and through.”

It is not believed the loan deal includes any clause to make Lingard’s move permanent.

But Rice is hoping West Ham can pull some strings and maybe spend some cash to keep Lingard at the club after his seamless move to London.

Declan Rice says Lingard has fit in seamlessly since his arrival from Manchester United
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Speaking exclusively to the talkSPORT Breakfast on Monday, the Hammers’ vice-captain said: “Jesse is a top player.

“I knew this from when I played with him for England. He’s a ridiculously top, top player.

“You know when you’re playing with a top player, he takes the ball on the half-turn, takes the ball in tight areas, relieves the pressure on you.

“When you give him the ball you know he’s going to do something with it, and obviously what comes with that is he’s got a great personality as well.

“All the lads have really taken to him and I’m so happy we’ve got him here now at West Ham.

“Hopefully we can do that for much longer for next season as well!”

West Ham players went vital online for their ‘band celebration against Spurs, with Lingard playing pipes, Fornals on the guitar and Rice on the drums!
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Rice also revealed just how West Ham’s celebration against Spurs came about, after the Hammers players went viral on social media following their win on Sunday.

The players’ goal celebrations have been given the meme treatment online, after appearing to form their own band following Lingard’s goal to make it 2-0 against Spurs.

Fans have even come up with names for their ‘band’, including Spinal Tap-in, Moy-Zone, Backstreet Moyes and even – and Ally McCoist was very pleased to come up with this one – Irons Maiden.

And Rice has explained how their plan was hatched just moments before the game…

“So what it was, we were in training on Friday and playing a game called ‘the D’, where the keeper plays the ball out to the D on the edge of the box and you’ve got two touches before trying to score.

“Pablo [Fornals] kept scoring and obviously Jesse was there, and Pablo kept doing the celebration Jesse has done in the past [his piper dance] and everybody was having a bit of a laugh and banter.

“Before the game yesterday Pablo was like, ‘right, if we score today Jesse you do that, I’ll be on the guitar’, and I said I wanted to be on the drums!

“Literally it was just made up before the game, we just had a little giggle about it, and luckily enough Jesse scored and it call came off.

“But my drumming needs work I think, I’ve been turned into a meme overnight!”