Declan Rice is reportedly unhappy with West Ham United’s £100 million valuation of him and could run down his contract at the club as a result, according to Matt Law of The Telegraph.
The 22-year-old midfielder has been a wanted man over the summer, appearing on the radar of the Hammers’ Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.
Declan Rice Unhappy With Price Tag Set by West Ham United
Rice is Displeased, but Will Remain Committed to West Ham
Rice initially added fuel to the transfer fire when he rejected a new deal from West Ham last month. This was the second occasion the midfielder turned down an offer from the club.
The report from The Telegraph claims that Rice believes West Ham are now pricing him out of a potential move to bigger and better things, such as challenging for silverware and playing in the Champions League.
Rice has received interest from the likes of United and Chelsea but still has just under three years remaining on his current deal at the London Stadium, meaning active suitors will have to stump up the fee to West Ham’s liking.
Rice had a taste of what playing among football’s elite stars could be like over the summer, as he held a key role in the England squad that reached the final of Euro 2020.
However, the report adds that for as long as the midfielder remains at West Ham, he will continue to give his all until the very end. Rice featured for the Hammers last weekend as they beat Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
Rice Could See Out His Contract to Gain a Move
Following on from Rice’s view to not extending his contract in east London, the midfielder could opt to run down his deal, which expires at the end of June 2024.
Although West Ham appear to hold the cards currently, Rice has essentially set the club a deadline to which they should sell him, if they are to receive monetary compensation from potential buyers.
West Ham will obviously want to avoid losing a player of his calibre on a free transfer at the conclusion of his contract, but they may be forced into reducing their £100 million valuation as transfer windows leave and approach.
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