Declan Rice’s West Ham United career has carried on for far longer than many people envisaged it would.
The 24-year-old has been earmarked as one of world football’s top midfielders for a couple of years, owing to some superb performances for both club and country. Rice remains at the very top of his game despite West Ham’s recent struggles and his consistency means that questions are continually asked over what he’ll do next.
This summer, Rice will have just two years remaining on his West Ham contract. He is not the club’s top earner, despite his lofty standing in the game, and has shown no inclination that he’s ready to sit down and discuss fresh terms.
Rice has instead dropped subtle hints that his time at West Ham is nearing an end. He has spoken publicly of his desire to play Champions League football and challenge for trophies, and that’s clearly something West Ham aren’t in a position to offer him.
“Undoubtedly he’s going to be a top player and undoubtedly he’ll be a British transfer record and more whenever he leaves West Ham,” manager David Moyes said in the aftermath of the recent 1-1 draw with Newcastle United at St. James’ Park.
“A lot’s been said about it and when you see what’s been happening with prices, I think Declan will be blowing that out the water when it comes around,” the Scot added when probed about whether Rice’s departure from West Ham is inevitable.