West Ham’s Declan Rice has suggested he could sign a new deal by praising the club’s stadium expansion plans. The 19-year-old’s current contract expires at the end of the season and he and his representatives are believed to be at loggerheads with the board over his wages.
Rice came through the Hammers’ academy and having largely played in defence last term, has further ingratiated himself to the fans this season with a string of fine displays in the middle of the park.
Keeping a foot in the community by producing local players will be vital for the board if they are to fill the London Stadium once the matchday capacity is increased to 60,000 seats.
The three-cap Republic of Ireland international, who is currently involved in an international tug-of-war due to him remaining eligible for England, has hinted that he could be set to stay after speaking of his excitement about the club’s future. “It is fantastic news that the London Stadium capacity is increasing to 60,000 – it can only be a good thing to have more West Ham supporters cheering us on,” he told the club’s website “There is no better feeling than hearing our fans celebrate a goal or a victory.
The noise when we beat Manchester United recently was like nothing I have heard before – and we all want more experiences like that. “It will be even greater with thousands more of our fans cheering us on, and for the players it provides a massive inspiration. We are lucky to have such magnificent support and everyone is determined to repay them with success on the pitch.”