Declan Rice has been developing in West Ham United’s youth ranks since 2014 when he switched from Chelsea.
The 19-year-old made his first-team debut last year and has gone on to become an important member of the unit.
During the 2017-18 campaign, the versatile player, who can be positioned at centre-back or as a defensive midfielder, started 15 Premier League matches and came off the bench in a further 11.
Rice’s current contract has one year left to run, which has led to a conversation among fans regarding his future at the club.
The Republic of Ireland international, who is valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, certainly has the talent to thrive at an elite level.
At just 19, Rice still has plenty to learn and he will continue to perfect his craft, but it raises questions over whether he deserves to be earning big bucks at this stage.
Reliable source ExWHUemployee tweeted on Monday that the defence-minded star should be given a deal worth around £30,000 per week.
Plenty of West Ham fans agreed.
I really think we should just offer Rice a new deal of around £30k would still be a lot less than almost all the squad and this is someone who played 30+ games and was runner up in HoY and is only going to get better! Plays 2 positions&has impressed Pellegrini in training&games⚒
— ExWHUemployee (@ExWHUemployee) July 23, 2018
Don’t want Rice getting to a year left like Ouina now & could go for cheap. We have to start sorting our youth earlier not let contracts get low. Also give proper chances & wages based on performance. Rice is a must & would like sorted before season longer we give more leverage
— Joshua (@SchroerJr) July 24, 2018
It’s an absolute disgrace that rice isn’t getting a much as some of the main Senior players apart From Arnautovic rice was are best player last year
— Ollie (@OllieclarkWhu) July 24, 2018
We should get him for 5 years with the option of another year for that to, it’s only fair
— Chris Hirst (@ChrisTheHammers) July 23, 2018
completely agreed, its less than the going rate. Imagine if we were buying Rice as another club he’d be on 50k+
— MentalMoles (@MentalMoles) July 23, 2018
Gotta keep him at whatever wage he’s our future
— Micky Hammer (@HammerMicky) July 24, 2018
Just give him the 40k
If you’re good enough then you’re old enough.
Based on everything you just stated plus he’s an international player now so pay him what he’s worth.
— Richard (@RichardL_79) July 23, 2018
I would give him 40k hes earnt it… Been more than twice as good as Oxford on 20k. ⚒
— COYI⚒ (@tommyiron1) July 23, 2018
Yeah. I agree. What’s 30k when we win the league⚒⚒⚒⚒
— Phil logue (@phil_logue) July 23, 2018