Rice has reportedly already turned down two new contract offers from West Ham as he continues to see his name being linked with moves away from the London Stadium, which clubs such as Chelsea and Manchester United being credited with an interest.
Should Rice leave West Ham?
When fit last season, Rice played every single minute for the Hammers in the Premier League as he helped guide West Ham into a Europa League spot, and with the midfielder still having three years on his current deal, the club are reportedly holding out for £100 million.
“He’s refused two contracts already. If they offer him a third one, he’ll turn that down as well. He’s frustrated because West Ham were in a really good place last season; they haven’t added to the squad.
“They haven’t even signed Jesse Lingard, who looked like a shoo-in for the squad, so where’s their ambition, where’s their direction here?”
TIF Thoughts on Rice’s future…
Rice has established himself as a Premier League and England regular in the last 12 months having started 32 games in the previous domestic campaign before starting every single game during England’s Euro 2020 campaign, so it wouldn’t be surprising for interest in him to continue the longer he puts off signing a new deal.
Ever since Frank Lampard was Chelsea manager, Rice has been touted with a move to Stamford Bridge as he has a connection with the club after being released as a youngster, while best friend Mason Mount is still with the Blues.
So a move across London would appear to be the most obvious destination for Rice, although reports have claimed that he’s previously discussed playing for Man United with England teammates when on international duty.