Mark Noble believes the "sky is the limit" for Declan Rice after the 19-year-old signed a fresh five-year deal with West Ham United.

Rice's star has soared with the Hammers since he broke through to the first team last season. This term, the versatile defender has grown in stature and composure, shining in a holding midfield role and earning glowing praise.

He's in the middle of an international tug of war for his services - England are keen to lure him from the Republic of Ireland - but his club future is much clearer now that he's agreed a new and improved deal. 

"It is fantastic news for both Declan and for the football club," captain Noble told the club website.

"I have spoken to him regularly about his situation and Declan is on a massive high now. He’s come into the team, he’s playing fantastically well and now he has signed a new long-term contract, which he thoroughly deserves.

"I’ve said to him that I’m always here for him because times aren’t always good and aren’t always smooth playing in the Premier League at a high level, so I’ve told him to keep learning, keep improving and keep enjoying it.

"For him, I think the sky is the limit and I’ve always said that. He’s a top player and every day that I can help him along in his journey is something to be proud of."

Rice has a close relationship with Noble, the 31-year-old East Londoner who came through the West Ham academy to carve out a solid Premier League career.

He admits he's gleaned plenty of advice from the senior man as he looks to stay on a upward curve.

"Nobes has been unbelievable with me since I’ve first come in with the first team and trained with them part-time at 16, he’s always been there to talk to and to help," he said.

"When I got moved to the first team full-time, the way he has mentored me has gone to another level.

"To play with him on the pitch, you can tell why he’s been playing at the top in the Premier League for all his career. He was here the last time I signed a contract and I’ve just spoken to him now and it’s great to be staying here now with him and with this club."