TalkSPORT presenter Jason Cundy has not held back in his criticism of West Ham United as the east London side continue to negotiate a new contract with Declan Rice.
The London-born ace is said to be on just £3,000 a week on his current deal and the club’s recent efforts of an improved £15,000 with a £20,000 bonus per Premier League game failed to tempt the 19-year-old to put pen to paper.
Sources for The Telegraph even suggested the offer would be the Irons’ final one as the club were growing frustrated at the prolonged discussions despite the player wanting to sign on with them again.
This season alone, the 6 foot 1 centre-back come defensive midfielder has featured heavily under Manuel Pellegrini during the Chilean’s first season in charge. In nine league outings, the teenager has completed 23 tackles, 16 interceptions, 14 blocks and 379 passes per WhoScored data.
Having failed to agree to a new contract, Cundy’s scathing criticism of West Ham saw the presenter label the club and situation as ‘cringey’ and ‘embarrassing’.
He said: “He’s a regular starter in the midfield of a Premier League club,’ he said while on air. “There comes with that – for me – a standard wage, which is not £20,000-a-week.
“People say he’s only on £3,000-a-week. I don’t think West Ham can afford to allow this young man even to consider that he leaves.
“It just sums up West Ham, everything they do is cringey, it’s embarrassing.
“They seem to want to do things in the cheapest possible way.”
Some Hammers fans even agreed with his comments…
— Lee (@LeePeryer) November 13, 2018
I get they are trying to back their manager by signing someone he wants but 80k for an unfit banned drugs cheat when we won’t pay £30-40k for @_DeclanRice. This lad puts everything into every time he pulls on our shirt, he’s a future captain for ⚒&??????? sort it out WH
— Ricky Forrest (@rickwhufc) November 14, 2018
At this point in time we have a massive squad of young talent the chuckle brothers are using declan rice to make a point for the near future if and when any of the youngsters break through to the first team his situation will be quoted
— James thorneycroft (@Jamesthorneycr2) November 14, 2018
For once I agree with cundy if this was any other club he would of been tied down after 10 games nearly 50 games down the line we are still penny pinching over on extra 20k a week but offering Nasri 80k lose rice there is no coming back for sullivan gold etc
— will earle (@willearle_) November 13, 2018
— Chris ⚒⚒⚒ (@ChrisSematic) November 13, 2018
Jason …. this sums up Sullivan andGold …. mainly Sullivan they are not West Ham the fans are … if we had our way Declan would have been signed up with a decent contract months ago …
— Carl 1895 (@CaW1895) November 14, 2018
It shouldn’t have gone this far without being sorted. He’s one of the first names on the team sheet and still only asking for £30k p/w! Crazy ????
— Alex Bicknell (@AlexBicknell89) November 13, 2018
You know we’re going wrong when Cundy is calling us “cringey and embarrassing”
— Joe Selner (@JoeSelner) November 13, 2018