By Noel Whelan

2nd Nov, 2021 | 10:00am

Pundit can't believe Rice may pull West Ham contract U-turn after Sky update

Noel Whelan has claimed new investment into West Ham will not tempt Declan Rice into signing a new contract.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker suggested the 22-year-old has his heart set on joining a club capable of challenging for titles.

As reported by Sky Sports (28th October), Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky is in advanced talks to acquire a 27 per cent stake in the Irons.

The deal will reportedly include the option to take full control after an unspecified period.

Football Insider revealed in September West Ham are planning to sell Rice for £90million after he snubbed their contract offers.

The defensive midfielder has turned down several proposals from the club.

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It is likely the Hammers will try to re-open negotiations to protect their star player.

However, Whelan suggested there will be no changing Rice’s mind.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Only Declan Rice knows what he wants out of his football career.

“The question is, are they going to go and win the Champions League? Probably not. If they get in the Champions League, that’s going to generate so much revenue for them and bring in more money and fans because of it.

“At the same time, I think Rice has aspirations that he wants to be playing in Champions League finals. I’m not saying West Ham can’t go and do that, I’m really not.

“But I think realistically, look at the development and how it’s turned around so quickly for West Ham.

“Your more established clubs, like Chelsea and Man City, probably have the squad depth and players there that would give them more opportunity to go to a Champions League final.

“That is where I think Declan Rice wants those opportunities to come his way. So it wouldn’t be the fact that he’s leaving West Ham because he doesn’t like the manager, the club or the fans.

“He’s been a big part of that football club and he’s been a big part of them going forward to where they are right now. There’s no doubt about that.

“He would also be a big part of them being able to build. A club would pay a lot of money for him as well. Again, it’s helping the club but then probably getting what he wants out of it as well.

“It’s those cup finals, winning medals, going to that next level in his footballing career.”

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