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Declan Rice reveals how his huge Arsenal transfer fee affected him

Declan Rice at Arsenal
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The England international opened up on how he felt about Arsenal signing him from West Ham United for a club-record fee in the summer.

Declan Rice has shed light on his feelings regarding his eye-watering £105 million transfer fee at Arsenal.

In a candid revelation during a press conference on Sunday, Rice acknowledged the weight of the figure. But while the midfielder felt apprehensive, he emphasized the importance of staying true to himself.

“You’re a human being bought for £105 million; it doesn’t feel very normal,” Rice stated.

“When the transfer was going through, I was very nervous because of the price tag. It’s natural to think about that.”

“I just need to be Declan Rice, be myself, don’t be any different, and everything will go smoothly,” he added.

The England international admitted to feeling the impact of the change during the initial weeks of pre-season but highlighted the subsequent settling period. “When you’re at a new job, you start to feel really settled after a few weeks. That really feels [like] the case now. In terms of the price tag, I don’t really think about it; I just play the games and try to play as well as possible.”

In the summer, Arsenal secured Rice’s services by agreeing to pay West Ham an initial £100 million plus a further £5 million in add-ons.

Since donning the Arsenal jersey, Rice has made a significant impact. The 24-year-old has won plaudits for his stellar performances in the midfield. With 18 appearances in all competitions this season, he has not only showcased his defensive prowess but has also contributed with two goals and two assists.

Rice spoke to the press ahead of England’s final Euro 2024 qualifier against North Macedonia on Monday.