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Declan Rice: Where Would He Pitch His Tent for the 2023/24 Soccer Season?

Declan Rice is one of the professional players that plays for the England national team and West Ham United as a defensive midfielder. Rice was born on the 14th of January 1999 and is 24 years old. He has a total of nine goals and ten assists in his two hundred and two appearances for West Ham United. 

The 24-year-old contract will be over in 15 months for the Hammers, with the hope of a year extension or more. But many clubs are interested in adding this young man to their team, and we have heard rumors about some clubs wanting to sign him. Follow us in this article below for more information about his contract and the teams wanting him. 

Declan Rice and His Existing Contract with West Ham

Declan Rice has been one of the most prolific players in the Premier League and for his Club, West Ham United. He started at the youth level for West Ham United on the 16th of December 2015, and after a year, he signed his first professional contract with West Ham United. 

His first call-up for the West Ham senior squad was the game he played against Sunderland and Everton in April 2017, after his outstanding performance in the under-23 team. 

He also made his senior debut against Burnley in the last Premier League game in the 2016/2017 season. He entered to replace Edimilson Fernandes in the 91st minute, and they won the game in a 2-1 victory away from home. The victory was five days after he captained the under-23’s to promotion with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle United.  

Declan Rice’s full debut came on the 19th of August 2017 in a 3-2 loss at Southampton. He was named runner-up for 2017/2018 Hammer of the Year behind Marko Arnautovic. He has had an exciting contract with this Club since he started his senior debut. He signed a five-year contract with West Ham, which included an annual average salary of about $4m. 

He started earning a base salary of $4m while carrying a cap hit of that same amount in 2022. His contract will expire in 2024, and West Ham can trigger a one-year- extension if other clubs refuse to accept the money to sell their captain. 

Skysport claimed it is also possible for West Ham United to lower the asking price to about $120m from the initial $140m. 

Arsenal’s Growing Interest

Arsenal is among the team interested in the young lad this summer. However, the 24 years old Declan Rice is into the last 15 months of his contract with West Ham United, even though David Moyes still has the option of extending his contract by a further year by the end of the current campaign. 

Rice is one of Mikel Arteta’s priority transfer targets ahead of the transfer window, alongside London rivals Chelsea. Since it is claimed that West Ham may accept an offer of one hundred million pounds, his likely destination is said to be Arsenal. However, we know how anything can happen during transfer windows, so he might end up staying or going to another Club.  

Going Back to Chelsea?

Declan Rice was born and raised in London, which was in Kingston upon Thames. He joined the academy of Chelsea at seven in 2006 before joining the academy of West Ham United at 14. However, there is the probability that the young lad will return to Chelsea to join his other mates he left during his Academy days.

Chelsea is one of the sides that has been heavily linked with Rice for over a year, but West Ham United rejected them, but Chelsea owner, Todd Boehly, remains a massive fan of Rice. 

Chelsea’s new manager, Mauricio Pochettino, also wants Rice in his project because he is ready to bring him back to West London. It means he will have to challenge the Gunners for his signature.  

Manchester United’s Dire Need for a Casimero Pairing

Manchester United also wants to challenge Arsenal for Declan Rice by including one player in any transfer bid. Although Manchester United probably won’t want to spend one hundred and twenty pounds on one midfielder because we know how much Erik Ten Hang wants a new striker. 

But they can offer a player like Scott Mc Tominay, which might appeal to West Ham United. They need a player like Rice to pair with Casimero in the midfield to tighten their defensive part.

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