West Ham ‘insists Declan Rice is not for sale’ amid continued interest from Chelsea as they stick to their £150m asking price… despite the English midfielder’s ‘reluctance to sign a new contract’ sign’
- Declan Rice made 50 appearances for West Ham last season, finishing 7th
- The 23-year-old has previously stated that he wants to win trophies in his career
- West Ham don’t want the midfielder to leave for less than his £150m estimate
- Rice was a member of the Chelsea Academy between the ages of seven and 14
West Ham remain adamant that Declan Rice is ‘not for sale’, despite his ‘reluctance to negotiate a new contract’ and interest from Chelsea.
The Hammers are determined to hold onto Rice and they have long insisted that the 23-year-old will not be sold for anything less than their £150m asking price.
Rice impressed with 50 appearances in all competitions last season as David Moyes’ side finished seventh in the Premier League and reached the semi-finals of the Europa League.
West Ham remains adamant Declan Rice is not for sale due to Chelsea interest
According to reports in Football.LondonChelsea remains interested in Rice, but the Hammers are “adamant” that he is not for sale.
They also reported that the England international is unsure about signing a contract extension as he is considering a future away from the London Stadium.
Rice has ties to the Blues after joining their academy as a seven-year-old. He became a Hammer at age 14 after Chelsea released him.
Despite their impressive European run last season, West Ham have failed to win a major trophy this century, which could be a concern for the ambitious young midfielder.
Thomas Tuchel wants to bring Rice to Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window
But the Hammers don’t want to sell their star midfielder for less than £150m
“I’ve always said, I don’t want to have a career where I haven’t won anything,” Rice told Gary Neville on the Overlap podcast.
“Growing up as a kid, I saw all these top players win the trophies, win the Premier League and the Champions League.
“Me as a football fan and player, I want to win the best things, I want to win the Premier League, I want to lift that trophy, I want to win the Champions League, I want to win the FA Cups, League Cups, even with England I want everything to win.’