A very reliable source has confirmed the worrying news surrounding Declan Rice’s future at West Ham but there remains cause for optimism…
The Telegraph‘s Matt Law dropped a bombshell on Thursday morning, claiming that the 22-year-old midfielder had rejected two contract offers from the Irons’ hierarchy, which has subsequently put the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United on high alert.
Rice is now expected to wait and see if West Ham’s top-flight rivals follow up that reported interest with a bid.
This news has since been confirmed by one of the most trustworthy insiders around London Stadium in ExWHUemployee. In a series of tweets following the news, he said:
“The information about Rice is true. This is because the contract offers have been below what [Andriy] Yarmolenko is currently on, what [Javier] Hernandez was on and other well-paid players. For the player to stay at the club and turn down big moves, the pay needs to reflect his ability.
“If you compare [to] his international teammates, they obviously have a much higher wage and opportunities for success. These are how negotiations go and could change (which is why I didn’t report [this] and the inevitable reaction) however the offer does need to improve significantly,” he added.
“The club however have apparently no intention to sell. They do expect a huge offer before they will consider [it] and so far there has been no offer. So if that remains the case, he will be a West Ham player next year.”
When this news first broke, you could forgive many in east London for their worries, as it certainly seemed like it was a ploy to bolster his chances of leaving the club this summer.
In reality, it seems as if Rice wants to be paid to match his ability, and considering that he’s excelling at Euro 2020 as England have made it to the quarter-finals, he deserves that.
You must also remember that the Hammers are in a very strong position over the £58.5m-rated midfielder as he’s currently under contract until 2024, although they will need to make a massive improvement to those £60,000-per-week wages to have a tighter grip on David Moyes’ star man and future skipper.
As Ex goes onto suggest, West Ham have absolutely zero intention to sell, which should come as no surprise considering just how crucial he is to this team as well as Moyes’ past remarks on his future.
Back in January, the Scotsman fired out a warning to all his interested suitors, claiming that: “Bank of England money would be required, and you might even need to add Bank of Scotland on to that as well because he has been so good,” via Goal.com.
Indeed, a £100m price tag has been mooted elsewhere.
Rice has now picked up 21 caps for the Three Lions and rated as Moyes’ fourth-best player last season on their way to their best finish since 1999. They simply have to improve his contract – he deserves it.
No other West Ham player averaged more interceptions per game (1.8) or a better seasonal passing accuracy rate (88%) than the 6 foot 1 beast in 2020/21.
Ex also suggests that there is yet to be a firm bid from anyone, and at this rate, we can expect him to be a Hammers player next term, when they will be competing in the Europa League.
Whilst there was initially doubt over the news, this latest claim from Ex should leave fans a little more relieved, maybe even buzzing, that Rice appears set to stay.