Declan Rice won't sign a new contract with West Ham United - journalist
Declan Rice ‘won’t be signing any contracts’ with West Ham to tie him to the club as he eyes a potential exit in 2023, according to Paul Brown.
The central midfielder and captain has been long linked with a nine-figure move away from West Ham, with Chelsea exploring a deal for the 2023 summer window and Liverpool also entering the race for his signature.
And despite the Hammers’ attempts to tie Rice down to a new long-term deal, with his current deal running until 2025, journalist Brown told GiveMeSport [17 October] that won’t be happening.
“I don’t think there is anyone pushing that hard at the moment to sign Declan Rice, but I think he’s trying to keep his options open and won’t be signing any contracts that tie him to the club and knock down a move in the near future,” he said.
Rice has made 209 appearances for the Hammers so far, and has featured in every Premier League game so far this season.
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It’s inevitable and it’s been coming, I think we all knew that, but it seems Rice has made his mind up now too and that’s given West Ham a decision to make.
He isn’t the type of player to go on strike or cause a huge fuss, because he loves the club and is happy here. But for the sake of his career and development, a move to a top club with Champions League football who can compete for trophies is needed.
But with a deal that runs until 2025 the club could now either hold firm on their £100m+ valuation for the midfielder and risk losing him for free and upsetting him along the way, or make a deal that suits all parties and is still a record sum.
Either way it’s likely that this is the final season that we’ll see him in a claret and blue shirt, so lets make it a memorable one and win him a trophy on his way out.