West Ham fans have been reacting on Twitter to an obscure post by teenage sensation Declan Rice.
The 19-year-old remains in a contract standoff as the east London club appears restrained in offering improved terms after the academy graduated rejected a deal in the region of £40,000 a week.
It is said the central defender come midfielder is currently on £3,000 per week, and the rejected terms would have moved the three-time Republic of Ireland international onto a base salary of £15,000 a week, with incentives of £20,000 per Premier League start and a £5,000 a week rise every 15 times he makes the starting eleven.
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Rice is also questioning his international future as he ponders declaring loyalty to England or Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland, the country he represented throughout his youth.
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) November 19, 2018
On Monday night, when O’Neill’s men faced Denmark in a nil-nil UEFA Nations League draw, the West Ham academy graduate took the moment to tweet a photo of himself in action for the Irons, simply captioned with a heart and a hammers emoji.
While some fans took the chance to remind Rice that he could have been playing for the country that named him Under 17s Player of the Year in 2017, Hammers fans saw it as hope a new deal would be reached.
New contract agreed?
— Dave Brown (@dave_ghanabrown) November 19, 2018
Our future captain ⚒⚒⚒
— jamie abel (@jamie_abel) November 19, 2018
I extended your contract in FM19. That means you have to be with us for five more years. That’s how it works. Thanks for your understanding. By the way, it’s on £36k a week. You’re welcome.
— Bruno Freitas (@bbfreitas) November 19, 2018
— Terry Gladden (@TerryGladden) November 19, 2018
Shutting up all rumours ⚒️
— ⚒ Algerian Hammers ?? ⚒ (@HammersDz) November 19, 2018
— Xande (@GoldXandeSilva) November 19, 2018
Top man Declan west ham legend in the making .
— Kevin Willacey (@WillaceyKevin) November 19, 2018
Get that contact signed mate ⚒ future captain
— Andy Davies (@AndyDavies_100) November 19, 2018
Once a Hammer always a Hammer ⚒⚒⚒
— Mike Adams (@ada52956769) November 19, 2018
One picture a million words coyi
— Christine Cole (@ChrisineCole) November 20, 2018
If West Ham don’t offer you what you deserve.. I’ll stop supporting them. You are what we are all about ⚒
— Stampy (@Stampy560) November 19, 2018
Please tell me you’ve signed! Future International Skipper whoever you decide to represent. ⚒ we love you ⚒
— KHammer88 (@Hammer88K) November 19, 2018