Declan Rice 'Leaning Towards' Making England Switch

Declan Rice

Declan Rice

PABLO ZABALETA has urged West Ham to tie Declan Rice down to a long-term deal after the youngster again caught the eye against Chelsea, writes Matthew Nash.

The world and its wife has had their say on Rice's contract situation.

The 19-year-old has been in negotiations over a new deal for a while but the two parties are apart in their estimations.

Rice has played an integral role in Manuel Pellegrini's new 4-3-3 system.

Former England global Jamie Carragher has labelled the West Ham fans criticising Declan Rice as "out of order" following a reported stumbling block in contract negotiations.

But the Daily Mail have weighed in with a report claiming that the offer was as low as £12k-per-week.

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Former Premier League victor Pablo Zabaleta has weighed in on the situation and believes that West Ham should do everything in their power to keep last season's Young Hammer of the Year.

Rice has played three times for West Ham in the Premier League this season, including their recent victory over Everton and a scoreless draw against Chelsea on Sunday.

The Standard claims Rice is now on £3,000 a week in a deal that expires at the end of next season.

The 19-year-old came up the ranks at the West Ham United academy and he broke into the first team set up last season when he ended up making 31 appearances for the club.

"But to be honest I look at him and it's not just Declan Rice, it's every young player who comes through at a Premier League club or any club always have to be seen to be grateful they're playing and they can't just ask for a bit more money". 'At the moment he's doing really good and has the right attitude to become one of the club's greatest players, but he still has a lot to learn.

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