The club are adamant Rice’s existing contract contains an option to extend it until 2021
West Ham could wait until the end of the season before renewing contract talks with Declan Rice.
Rice, the teenage midfielder, has been in discussions with the Hammers over a new deal for a couple of months, having established himself as a key player under Manuel Pellegrini.
However, no agreement has yet been reached to improve his existing £3,000-per-week contract, which expires at the end of 2019/20.
West Ham have offered Rice a basic salary of £15,000-per-week, with various bonuses written in the contract, but the 19-year-old’s representatives are pushing for a basic wage closer towards the £30,000-per-week mark.
And, according to the Guardian, West Ham believe they are in a position of strength in the ongoing contract saga, and they are willing to put talks with Rice on the back-burner until the end of the season.
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West Ham insist Rice’s existing deal contains a clause that allows them to extend the contract for a further season, until summer 2021. They will not hesitate to trigger the option if necessary.
West Ham’s Premier League rivals are believed to be keeping tabs on Rice.
Manchester United scouts were at the London Stadium on Saturday as West Ham suffered a 4-0 defeat by Manchester City, while Chelsea and Tottenham have both been linked with the teenager – who began his career in Chelsea’s academy – also.