West Ham’s rising star Declan Rice has become a mainstay in the starting XI this season in the defensive midfield role and is a crucial player in Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
The 19-year-old appears to be improving and maturing every game, but there are doubts about whether his long-term future will be at the London Stadium.
His current deal with the Hammers expires in 2020 and he’s yet to agree an extension on his existing £3,000-a-week contract.
According to the Metro, the teenager has rejected a £20,000-a-week deal with West Ham and is hoping to negotiate a more significant fee.
The report also details that Premier League giants Chelsea have been alerted to the player’s situation and are interested snapping him up, while they would be prepared to give him a £40,000-a-week contract.
There is no doubt that West Ham have to keep Rice at all costs and matching Chelsea’s reported sum of £40,000-a-week would surely help tie down Rice’s future.
He is certainly playing like a key first teamer so far this campaign and Pellegrini is showing major faith in him.
Rice is a big favourite with West Ham supporters too and the sooner his unclear contract situation ends the better for all parties involved.