Reliable West Ham United insider ExWHUemployee has revealed he spoke to co-owner David Sullivan about a new deal for Declan Rice over the summer.
Rice is head and shoulders West Ham’s best player.
But he has persistently been linked with a mega money move to boyhood club Chelsea (Daily Mail).
Rice is the first name on the West Ham team sheet and fans believe he must be handed the captaincy with Mark Noble on the wane.
Many believe the club should be moving to reward Rice with a bumper new deal too.
Rice future in question as Chelsea lurk
Rice signed a new six-year contract back in December 2018 which runs until 2024 and has a further year option.
But his weekly salary is said to be just £30,000 per week (The Sun), which pales in comparison to other West Ham first team players.
Hammers fans believe ever-present Hammer of the Year Rice has earned a bumper new deal for several reasons.
To reward his performances and elevated status at the club. And to help fend off any interest from the likes of Chelsea.
But speaking on the West Ham Way podcast on October 1st, insider ExWHUemployee claimed unpopular co-owner Sullivan has refused to consider a new deal for Rice until next January at the earliest.
Insider reveals Sullivan conversation over new Rice deal
“No (the board have not offered Rice a new deal),” ExWHUemployee said on The West Ham Way podcast.
“I spoke to the chairman – I didn’t speak to him, I sent him an email – this was about, I would guess at the start of the summer in between the seasons, so a couple of months ago now, and I said to him why don’t we offer Rice a bumper contract, guaranteed captaincy, tell him we want him to be the pinpoint of everything West Ham.
“And the response I got was ‘We don’t discuss contracts until January and he’s got a good contract for four years and an extra year possibility so we don’t need to’.”
Rice may well be on good money for a 21-year-old.
But at a reported £30,000 per week he is earning £70,000 less PER WEEK than the likes of teammates Jack Wilshere and Manuel Lanzini alone.
West Ham must at least make an effort to reward and keep Rice
Rice is earning less than Carlos Sanchez was before he was released after a torrid spell back in June.
West Ham surely must make Rice their highest-paid player to reflect his status at the club.
After all he is undoubtedly the difference between West Ham surviving in the Premier League or not.
The news will not go down well with Hammers supporters.
And it will be yet another stick for them to beat the owners with.
Even if Rice leaving at some stage is somewhat inevitable. West Ham must at least try to keep him for the long-term to build a team around.