Declan Rice has admitted he felt the strain of his record-breaking price-tag after signing for Arsenal final summer time.
Rice grew to become Arsenal’s report signing after crossing the capital from West Ham in a £105m deal, with the England worldwide admitting he was conscious of the strain that comes with a premium worth level.
“When the switch was going by I used to be very nervous due to the value tag,” he mentioned, as per the Telegraph.
“It’s pure to consider that. You’re a human being purchased for £105 million, it doesn’t really feel very regular! However that was due to what I’d performed at West Ham, what they valued me at. After I signed for Arsenal I simply thought, ‘I simply should be Declan Rice’, be myself, don’t be any totally different, the whole lot will go easily.
“The primary three weeks of pre-season had been actually powerful when it comes to the change. Once you’re at a brand new job you begin to really feel actually settled after just a few weeks. That basically feels the case now. When it comes to the value tag, I don’t actually give it some thought, I simply play the video games and attempt to play in addition to doable.”
Jack Grealish grew to become the Premier League’s first £100m participant two seasons earlier than Rice, and admitted he struggled with the expectation throughout a troublesome first season at Manchester Metropolis. Rice can sympathies with Grealish’s mindset, however believes each he and his England colleague are actually ‘flying’ at their respective golf equipment.
“It’s £100 million, it’s some huge cash, I might perceive the strain that comes with it. Not solely the strain you placed on your self however there’s an expectation of being purchased for that a lot cash.
“Folks must see performances immediately. I wish to re-pay the membership immediately, they’ve invested some huge cash in me, I must show why I can go there and alter issues. I can see why Jack struggled possibly at first – mentally. He was a £100 million footballer however as he wasn’t enjoying as a lot, it was in all probability as bit totally different for him. Now he’s flying and it’s the identical for me.”
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