By Paul Robinson

16th Nov, 2021 | 5:40pm

Pundit issues 'unbelievable' West Ham claim after Rice talks update

Declan Rice will only put pen to paper on a new West Ham contract if Champions League football is secured this season.

That is the view of former Spurs and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 22-year-old’s future at the London Stadium.

According to The Sun (November 9th), talks over a new big-money contract are “ongoing” between Rice and the club.

The report claims the Hammers board would even reject an offer of £100million if it arrived next year.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City are credited with an interest in the England international.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the news, Robinson said:

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“Champions League qualification is the only chance West Ham have of keeping Declan Rice.

“West Ham are doing unbelievable things under David Moyes. He has built a great squad there. As a team, they have surprised a lot of people.

“If they continue to perform like this, Rice will want to stay.

“He is arguably the best midfielder in the country.

“As I say though, the only way he stays is if they finish in the top four. There will be a good chance of him leaving next summer if not though as big clubs are interested in him.”

Rice’s current contract at the London Stadium runs until the summer of 2024.

The centre-midfielder has made 15 appearances across all competitions for the Irons this season.

In other news, a major update on West Ham and Newcastle’s race to sign Tarkowski in January can be revealed.