West Ham will need to qualify for the Champions League if they want to keep hold of Declan Rice, according to Danny Mills.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England and Leeds United defender suggested the Europa League will not be enough to satisfy the 21-year-old if he had other offers on the table that could double his wages.
Talksport‘s Jim White claims the Irons will not entertain offers of less than £100million for Rice who has long been linked with a move to Chelsea.
West Ham currently occupy the final Champions League qualification spot despite their 2-1 loss to runaway leaders Manchester City at the weekend.
Asked whether European football could see Rice stay at the London Stadium next season, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “It becomes about ambition and here will be a financial element to it.
“When somebody says they’ll double your wages for five years, it doesn’t matter if you’re earning £50,000-a-week or £250,000-a-week when somebody says they’re going to double it that’s huge, it’s an absolutely enormous change in lifestyle.
“West Ham have still got to go some to get in the Champions League.
“Would the Europa League be enough of a carrot to play for your boyhood club? I’m not convinced. Champions League possibly.
“If he had other offers I’m not sure playing in the Europa League would be enough to keep him there.”
Rice has been an ever-present in the Premier League for West Ham this season and has captained the side in Mark Noble’s absence.
He scored his first goal of the season from the penalty spot against Sheffield United last month.