Declan Rice’s contract situation is right at the top of the West Ham news agenda right now.
Amid the preparation for last night’s game against Macclesfield, more details and perspectives emerged on the stand-off.
Jamie Carragher, a Liverpool hero, who is as well-placed as anyone to comment on the treatment of young, local players, leaped to Rice’s defence.
It also came out that Rice has turned down West Ham’s offer, and wants it doubled. Carragher’s comments show why Rice is in the right…
What’s the story?
The Mirror report that Rice has been offered an extended deal worth £15,000 per week; which would rise to £20,000 if he makes 15 Premier League starts in a season. Each start would also see him paid £20,000.
They say he has rejected it; holding out for a basic salary of £30,000. The club are clearly wary after the Reece Oxford situation, and Rice demanding more money has drawn further parallels between the two players.
However, Carragher called TalkSport to defend Rice. He knows all about how academy products are treated financially, compared to foreign imports; claiming that local lads are meant to just be happy to play for the club.
He claims that Rice would be paid more if he was a young foreign player, without complaints from fans or the board. But because he is a young, domestic player, he is expected to just be grateful for what he’s getting.
Carragher is spot on
Maybe it’s the spectre of the Oxford saga or something else, but there appears to have been a loss of perspective over Rice.
A basic wage of £30,000 is not an outlandish demand for a player of huge potential, who has nailed down a first-team spot for the second straight season.
There is definitely a sense that Rice should be happy with his lot; both in terms of wages and also in terms of declaring for Ireland over England.
Rice has come to an early crossroads in his career. His decisions over his national declaration and weekly wage will have a major impact on his professional life for quite some time; getting the best deal for himself is not petulant or spoilt, it’s wise.
Hearing Carragher, who is the country’s leading pundit and perfectly placed to comment on the situation, side with Rice should underline how ridiculous it is that his demands have not already been matched.
If West Ham fail to agree these very reasonable terms with Rice, it would be utterly embarrassing. Carragher’s comments prove the saga should be over already.