The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from the Hammers throughout the summer transfer window.
Manchester United and Chelsea both wanted to sign the 25-capped England international according to The Telegraph.
West Ham value Rice at £100 million, however, and that price-tag has done it’s job, with no club willing to pay such an amount for the dynamic defensive midfielder (The Telegraph).
The England international is under contract with the Hammers until the summer of 2024. The East London outfit have an option of extending that deal by a further 12 months as well. So as things stand, West Ham hold all the cards.
Declan Rice ready to sign new contract with West Ham?
In an ideal world, the Hammers would get Rice tied down to a new long-term deal.
And that could happen.
90min.com claims that Dec is prepared to sign a new deal with West Ham but only if a release clause is inserted into the terms.
The problem is that the Hammers don’t ever hand out contracts with release clauses in them. It is a club policy. And unless the release clause inserted into the contract is anywhere near £100 million, there is no value in West Ham agreeing to such terms.
At least the owners showed a bit of ambition in the summer in the transfer market. That must have pleased Dec. And if we can enjoy some real success this season then who knows? Perhaps Rice will want to stay at the London Stadium.
With the 12-month option, there is still four years remaining on his deal at the London Stadium. So we certainly hold all the cards, and there is no need to panic yet. If any club is prepared to pay £100 million for Dec, then fair enough, we will wish him well. At the moment though, the 22-year-old isn’t going anywhere. And it’s actually refreshing to see the West Ham owners hold onto their star man for once.