By Saikat Mandal

1st Dec, 2021 | 10:40am

View: Declan Rice may have just dropped big hints on his West Ham future

Declan Rice may have just dropped a big hint on his West Ham future by suggesting he wants to play in the Champions League with the London club.

The Hammers are currently fourth in the Premier League, and they have a strong fight on their hands to stay there till the end of the season.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been a standout performer for the club for the past couple of years.

It seems he has taken his game to a whole new level this season, with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hailing him as “exceptional”.

Rice has rejected two contract offers at the club [Evening Standard], but David Moyes is pretty relaxed about his situation. West Ham value the player at more than £100million, with Moyes claiming that his potential suitors have missed the chance to sign him on a bargain [Eurosport].

He still has a contract at the club till the summer of 2024, and the club has an option of extending the deal by a further 12 months.

Rice has made it clear that he wants to play in the Champions League, and most importantly wants to experience the competition with the Hammers.

Moyes has said that “it’s a message to us all”, suggesting that a change in mentality is needed.

If West Ham fail to make into the top-four this season, Rice could be targeted by big clubs, but if they manage to secure a Champions League spot, the midfielder could commit to a long-term future at the club.

In other West Ham news, a report has detailed a new clause in Kretinsky’s investment in the club.

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