It is perhaps the biggest blow of a hugely underwhelming summer for West Ham United so far that talisman Declan Rice has rejected a new deal.
While Rice was helping England to the Euro 2020 final, West Ham fans had to contend with fresh speculation over his club future.
The Telegraph ran an exclusive earlier this month claiming Rice had turned down two offers of new contracts from West Ham.
And the Hammers midfielder reportedly asked the club to keep him informed of any bids.
Rice relentlessly linked with West Ham departure after contract snub revelation
That – inevitably – sparked increased speculation Rice will leave West Ham with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool linked.
But it has been deathly quiet since with supporters worried any sizeable bid could now lure their star man away.
‘Rice won’t sign new deal until transfer promises are met’ claims insider
Indeed it has been quiet with regards any transfers at West Ham. And it appears that is directly linked to Rice – as yet – not signing a new contract.
That’s according to insider ExWHUemployee who told fans in a Q and A that he believes Rice will not sign until promises made over the club’s transfer plans have been delivered.
“Not so much our budget (that Rice has reservations about) but I think we promised good signings and that the club would build the (team) around him and so far that’s not happened,” ExWHUemployee said in The West Ham Way Q and A.
“(He’s) not signed a new deal and probably won’t. If a big club like Chelsea or Man U meet the asking price I think we would struggle to hold onto him.
‘Just go to hope no clubs match our expectations’
“Quite possibly (he will stay another season) just got to hope no clubs match our expectations which I know they haven’t so far.”
The promises ExWHUemployee is referring to are the West Ham vision sold to Rice by Hammers boss David Moyes.