By Pranav Shahaney

5th Sep, 2021 | 2:10pm

West Ham will not insert £60m release clause in Declan Rice contract

West Ham will not be inserting a £60million release clause in Declan Rice’s new contract, claim reliable club insiders Claret & Hugh.

Per the report, the Hammers will not accept the demands of the player or his agents and put a release clause on their most valuable asset.

It’s understood that Rice’s representatives wanted a £60million release clause while the club hierarchy value the 22-year-old at over £100million – making the entire discussion a non-starter.

Should not give in

For once, the majority of the fans will be siding with the board as it appears to be the right thing to do.

Agents of players are known to be notorious bullies who tend to bleed clubs dry in order to get their way.

We’re not pointing fingers at Rice’s representatives as they’re working in the best interests of the England international to ensure his exit from the club is a more streamlined process rather than it rambling on for weeks and often even months.

But, the board knows just how important he is to the team and the kind of demand there is for him in the market, so putting a release clause means that they cannot drive up his price via a bidding war.

If the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea desperately want him next summer then each of them could look to outbid the others in order to get their man.

Such things would benefit the selling club as they would profit massively off the deal and that’s precisely what West Ham would like to do should he hand in a transfer request.

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