The England international has been a top transfer target, but Hammers captain feels he will stay with the club.
is hopeful that
will extend his stay at the club. However, he admitted “you never know” what can happen in the future.
As reports continue to connect Rice to some of the greatest clubs in England, Noble says that he stays optimistic that throughout the near future he will call Rice a team-mate, but he recognizes the challenge of making that reality.
“He’s still learning his trade, he’ll get much better with experience. I’m hoping it’s here [at West Ham] but in this game you never know,”
Noble told TalkSPORT
“I’m sure he’ll be a top, top player and an even better player in years to come.”
Noble added that he believes Rice can someday captain England if he continues his development into one of the Premier League's top midfielders.
“With Dec I don’t have to say too much. He’s such a great kid, got a great family, he’s a top, top player.
“There are two or three things that I’ve been on him about in the last two seasons to change in what he does.
“I do believe that if he progresses then he’ll captain England one day. That’s the sort of player he is.
“He’s such a level-headed kid. You’ve got to remember he’s still only 21.”
Hammers are now sitting 10th in the Premier league table, and are ready for the clash with Southampton on Tuesday.