Declan Rice has attracted interest from top clubs in the Premier League, especially from former club Chelsea. The Blues are said to be great admirers of his work, and want to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.
Rice joined Chelsea’s academy in 2006, as a seven-year-old. In 2014, he was released at the age of 14. He then went on to join West Ham’s academy.
In 2018, Rice made his 50th appearance for West Ham, the first player to do so while still a teenager since Michael Carrick. In December of the same year, he signed a new contract until 2024 with the option of an additional year.
Can West Ham hold on to Rice?
According to football.london, despite all the buzz around the 22-year-old, West Ham have never received a bid for Rice, who they have valued at £100 million.
Rice currently has three years left on his contract at West Ham. The Hammers have the option to extend his deal, which runs out in 2024, by another year if they wish.
The West Ham man reportedly turned down two offers of a new contract from the club amid persistent speculation surrounding his future. Regardless, he is still a regular name on the team sheet under manager David Moyes.
The England International plays as a defensive midfielder and at centre-back as well. A natural leader, Rice’s passing ability, defensive acumen and versatility makes him one of the most sought-after midfielders in the Premier League; and for good reason. Whichever club manages to land his signature is sure to acquire a quality signing. But, he will not come cheap.
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