Declan Rice tipped to sign new West Ham contract with '£80m' release clause after news - pundit
Danny Mills has tipped Declan Rice to sign a new West Ham contract with an “£80million” release clause if they win the Europa League and qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Man City and England full-back claimed the 23-year-old’s future will entirely depend on Champions League football.
As quoted by the Mirror last month (25 April), David Moyes suggested Rice had rejected a new contract offer because he wants more money.
The England international is under contract until the summer of 2024 and the Hammers have the option to extend that by a further 12 months.
“It might be about the Champions League, if West Ham get in the Champions League he might want to stay another season,” Mills told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“If his only other option is Man United and they are not in the Champions League, why wouldn’t you wait?
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“Captain West Ham, get a deal that means you have a big bonus to stay and an agreement to sell at the end of that.
“I think a lot of that will depend on Champions League football and who is in it.
“Realistically he’s going to leave West Ham at some point but if they make the Champions League by winning the Europa League then he’s not going to go to Arsenal or Spurs if they make fourth. We have no idea where Chelsea will be at. Man United don’t look like they are going to make the Champions League.
“He might turn around and say ‘I’ll stay for another year but I want big wages for that year because we’re in the Champions League and at the end of that I want to leave for £80million’.
“You put a number in there, simple as that. I can see something like that happening if they make the Champions League.”