Youngster Pierre Ekwah aspires to follow in the footsteps of Declan Rice at West Ham

Published on: 09 June 2021

Following a trial period, West Ham United finalized the signing of Pierre Ekwah Elimby, a French-born Ghanaian descent, from Chelsea.

The 19-year-old defensive midfielder, who had been with Chelsea since 2018, scored once in two appearances for the Hammers' Under-23s against Arsenal before agreeing to a three-year contract.

Ekwah will begin his career with the club in the academy, where he hopes to one day follow in the footsteps of Declan Rice and Mark Noble.

“I feel really good signing for West Ham,” Ekwah said. “I’m really happy in myself. I want to thank the club for the opportunity they have given me. It’s a big achievement for me.

“I really think that West Ham is a club where everyone is working all together. The U23s and the first team work really closely to each other, and I think that young players here have got a good chance of breaking into the first team, as they have done in the past.

“Loads of young players have reached the first team: Declan Rice has been captain, and he’s so young and playing so well. Mark Noble is an unbelievable player who’s been there and done the same. I just want to do similarly to them.

“When West Ham gave me the opportunity to come in for two weeks, I took it, saw how the club worked, and I just enjoyed it. They gave me the opportunity to sign and I said ‘yeah, I’m taking this shirt away!'" he ended.