West Ham handed major boost as Declan Rice signs new long-term contract


West Ham handed major boost as Declan Rice signs new long-term contract

West Ham have tied Declan Rice down to a new long-term contract.

The 19-year-old has been one of the Hammers’ standout players in a defensive midfield role this season, making 19 appearances in all competitions.

Declan Rice was outstanding in West Ham’s win over Southampton on Thursday

There has been intense speculation over his future in recent months, as his previous deal was due to expire in 2020.

However, he has now handed the club a major boost by committing his long-term future to the Londoners.

The new deal ties Rice to West Ham until 2024, with the club also retaining an option to extend it for a further year.

It is understood to be worth around £30,000-per-week, plus bonuses – a huge increase on his previous contract.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have got the contract done, signed and to commit my future to the club until 2024. I’m absolutely ecstatic”, the teenager told the club’s official website.

Rice joined West Ham from Chelsea at the age of 14

“Without a doubt, the plan was always to stay at West Ham. I’ve had the support from the fans, from the players and from the manager and now, to get it done and commit myself to this club is a very special moment and I’m over the moon.

“I’ve now played 50 games for the first team and I’m progressing week-in, week-out, learning from a top manager and top players.

“I’m still young, so to put more years on my contract and keep developing here is the best thing for me to do now. With the support of the manager, the players, everyone, it was the right thing to do.”

On Thursday night, Rice produced another outstanding performance in front of the defence as the Hammers defeated Southampton 2-1 to move up to ninth in the Premier League.