By Danny Mills

17th Jul, 2021 | 4:01pm

Declan Rice tipped to sign new West Ham contract after update - Mills

Danny Mills has tipped Declan Rice to sign a new West Ham contract.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Leeds United defender insisted Rice signing a new deal would not put off any potential buyers.

The Sun reported on 14 July the Hammers are set to offer the England international a bumper new deal after selling Felipe Anderson back to Lazio.

It is claimed Anderson was on a £100,000-a-week deal at the London Stadium and a portion of that will be used to attempt to tie Rice down.

The 22-year-old’s current contract expires in the summer of 2024.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for him,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“He’s captained the club as Mark Noble has stepped aside a little bit, that’s the best way to put it.

“Why would you not sign as long as possible? If somebody wants you they’re going to have to break the bank. If it’s Chelsea or if it’s Man United.

“It’s always a gamble to run your contract down and take that risk of running it down for three years. My advice would be ‘Take as much as you can now because if somebody really wants you they’ll find the money to get you out of that contract.’

“Three years left is pretty much the same as having five years left.”

Rice did not miss a minute of league action last term as West Ham secured a top-six finish.

He also started all of England’s games at the European Championship as they reached the final.

In other news, West Ham are in talks to sell a big name at a huge £16million loss.