Declan Rice has been rising up the ranks at West Ham United since joining the club’s youth academy from Chelsea in 2014.
The versatile 19-year-old is becoming a favourite among the fanbase, and he could end up playing a pivotal role in Manuel Pellegrini’s team this season.
Rice has played the last two fixtures for the Hammers as a defensive midfielder and has shone in both games.
Pellegrini will be mindful of the fact that the youngster was in the team that earned West Ham’s first win of the Premier League season against Everton, as well as the XI that restricted Chelsea to a goalless draw at the weekend.
Even though fans will be delighted with Rice’s performances on the pitch, some will be concerned about the contract dispute rumbling on in the background.
According to the Daily Mail, the teenager and his representatives have turned down the club’s offer of a £12,000-a-week contract.
Rice is currently earning £3,000 per week on a deal that expires in the summer of 2020, but he and his camp believe that he deserves a significant pay rise.
The publication states that West Ham are unwilling to budge on their stance, which raises the question: Will the club lose him?
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