Date: 27th October 2020 at 6:00am
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Declan Rice has long been linked with a move to Chelsea, but it now seems that the West Ham United board – often referred to as GSB – are finally making the decision that will help keep him at London Stadium for as long as possible.

According to The Daily Star, Rice is set to be offered a contract that would see him double his wages and put him on £120,000-per-week.

This would initially see his contract length stay the same, keeping him at the club until 2024, with a one-year extension option being included.

While the Hammers managed to keep hold of our greatest asset during the recent window, it will likely take something like this to ensure his future remains in East London.

Within the report, it would also mean that Chelsea would likely have to spend “ridiculous money” if they were to bring him on board.

Will Declan Rice be at West Ham for the first game of next season?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Rice is surely the Hammers player with the highest ceiling, as at just 21 years old he already has 116 games for West Ham and 11 England caps to his name.

He has already shown how dominant he can be in midfield this season, helping West Ham take eight points from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

Defensively, he has averaged 2 tackles, 2.5 interceptions, 1.3 clearances and 0.2 blocks per game, while also winning 1 aerial duel.

He has also been assured on the ball, completing 86.3% of the passes that he has attempted, in addition to making 1.7 dribbles and 0.8 key passes per game – a pretty impressive return for someone who is known for his defensive work.

Keeping hold of Rice will be a massive boost for as long as it is accomplishable, it is good to see that GSB are finally making a big attempt to ensure that happens.