West Ham have reportedly offered a £15,000-per-week contract to youngster Declan Rice. Coming one day after his Man of the Match performance against Chelsea, many will consider this to be a low ball offer for the 19-year-old sensation.
Declan Rice vs Chelsea— FootballTalentScout (@FTalentScout) September 23, 2018
79% pass accuracy
1 dribble won
1 tackle won
1 aerial won
3 accurate long balls
Becoming better and better in that defensive midfield role. pic.twitter.com/Xh2BFTJqTj
Presently he is being paid in the region of £3,000-a-week, in a deal which expires in 2020. West Ham have an option to extend his deal by a further year, Sky sources are confident that the youngster will sign this contract offer.
Rice is regarded as the brightest youngster at the club and are eager to see a long-term commitment from the teenager. He joined the Hammers from Chelsea after being released from their academy aged 15.
Player and club have been in protracted contracted negotiations since April, but have yet to reach an agreement on fresh terms. Despite the new offer being 400 times what Rice is currently earning, it is a fraction of the wages of several new signings from this summer.
Rice was voted the club’s young player of the season for a second consecutive season in 2017/18, he made 31 league appearances and grew in confidence as the season progressed.
If West Ham don’t get this contract situation resolved, they leave themselves in a vulnerable position to lose a very exciting defensive prospect.
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