Former Manchester United midfielder Kleberson has admitted that target Declan Rice would be a “perfect” fit under Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.
The 22-year-old England international continues to receive plaudits for outstanding performances with West Ham and has been likened to ex-United captain Roy Keane amid speculation around a possible Old Trafford switch.
Midfield has been a position pinpointed as a point of improvement already this season and it remains something that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to tinker with, as he tries to integrate the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo into the same starting 11.
The Manchester Evening News understands that the Norwegian head coach was unhappy at the club’s failure to strengthen the middle of the park in the summer.
Rice and United are frequently uttered in the same breath as the West Ham midfielder continues to impress with his performances — most recently starring in the Hammers’ 3-2 win over Liverpool.
But former United man, Kleberson, has made an admission that fans will hate to hear.
“The top teams are always looking for players who have Premier League experience and have had strong performances over a long period of time, which is exactly what Declan Rice has had,” he said speaking to Paddy Power.
“The best teams are always on the lookout for players as they need a big squad due to the number of games that they play throughout the season.
“It would be good to see Declan Rice play for Manchester City as they base their play around keeping the ball for long periods of time, which is something that Declan Rice likes to do.
“The style of play that Pep Guardiola creates would be perfect for him and the way Pep interacts with his players, is something that Rice would benefit from massively.
“Declan Rice could play for any of the top Premier League teams. He had a brilliant season last year, a great Euros with England and has started this season incredibly well.
“He’s still young so will continue to grow and become a better player, but already in his career, you can see how much he’s improved and grown up as a midfielder, especially technically.”
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