Declan Rice has reportedly been offered a new eight-year deal worth £200k-a-week by West Ham United.
That’s according to a report from talkSPORT who claim that the new contract offer from the Hammers is an attempt to ward off interest in Rice from Chelsea and Manchester United.
The 23-year-old’s current contract expires in the summer of 2024. West Ham do have an option to extend that deal by a further 12 months though. So essentially, Declan Rice is under contract with West Ham until the summer of 2025.
The powerful midfielder has been truly exceptional for the Hammers over the past couple of years and he has reached another level entirely this season.
Keeping him at the London Stadium will be one of the main priorities for David Moyes this summer. And according to talkSPORT, David Sullivan and David Gold have offered Dec a mammoth new deal to help Moyes keep his key man. Something just doesn’t ring true though…
Declan Rice eight-year contract claim just doesn’t make sense
Firstly, an eight-year deal! Rice won’t sign a contract of that length unless there is a release clause inserted into the contract…and there aren no claims that there is.
Secondly, whilst £200k-a-week is obviously a fantastic wage, it’s not an extraordinary one in the Premier League these days.
Why not offer Declan even more money but on a shorter deal. Say £250k-a-week over five years? Now, I know this sounds cynical but perhaps he wasn’t offered a five-year deal because he might actually sign it!
Instead, West Ham have supposedly offered Rice an eight-year deal and when he doesn’t sign it he will be moved on with the old, ‘we tried’ mantra being forced down our throats.
Who knows, perhaps I’m miles off and Dec will commit to West Ham until the summer of 2030 but if we’re all being honest, why would he until he has seen how much ambition the club actually have in the summer transfer window?
Perhaps the Hammers owners are contemplating putting a release clause into the deal, and that would be the only way that signing an eight-year deal with West Ham would make sense for Rice.
Unfortunately as things stand, the Rice new contract claim just doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.
We would not be surprised if this story is true. I believe that Dec has been offered that kind of contract. The crux of the matter, however, is that it’s highly unlikely that he will commit to the club for that long. I hope I’m wrong and he does sign on the dotted line. We will find out soon enough…