Yaya Toure told Declan Rice to join him at bitter rivals Spurs and got a one-word answer from the West Ham star, writes the HammerNews.
Hammers captain Rice has established himself as one of the finest midfielders in world football for club and country.
Alongside Tottenham Hotspur hero Harry Kane, West Ham’s talisman is one of the first names on England’s team sheet.
West Ham could only dream of having a striker of Kane’s class up front and the same can be said for Spurs when it comes to having a player like Rice in the middle of the park.
One player West Ham skipper Rice has idolised growing up is former Man City and Barcelona star Toure.
The Ivory Coast legend is one of the Premier League greats without question.
And now he is a coach at West Ham’s London rivals Tottenham.
There is no love lost between West Ham and Tottenham at the best of times. And Toure clearly knows that.
So he could not resist posing a cheeky question to the Hammers star when he visited his house as a surprise guest for Goal’s YouTube show Kit Collector.
During a fascinating discussion Toure ribbed Rice about having the shirts of Spurs heroes such as Kane, Son Heung-min and ex ace Gareth Bale framed on his wall.
Toure then told Rice to join him at bitter rivals Spurs and got a one-word answer from the West Ham star.
“Opinion is opinion,” Toure told Rice when giving him advice on how he learned to block out external noise during his career.
“You know your game, you know how to perform, you know how you are going to do.
“Listen to your coach and that’s it.
“And you come to Tottenham!”
To which a laughing Rice quickly responded: “No!”
The pair then shared an embrace as the Spurs academy coach gave the West Ham man one of his old shirts.
Toure and Rice had a great conversation which is well worth a watch.
But West Ham fans will be concerned at some of the advice offered to Rice by the Tottenham man.
Toure repeatedly told the West Ham midfielder that he will improve even more by playing in a top side with world class players – saying it was the making of him at Barcelona and Man City.