This comes after Ex co-hosted a recent episode of The West Ham Way Podcast, where he discussed a range of topics concerning David Moyes’ side.
On the subject of Rice, whose future at the London Stadium has been the subject of speculation recently after he reportedly turned down a contract offer from the club, Ex had this to say on the situation at this moment in time.
He said: “The bottom line is, I don’t think he wants to move as such, I never said that.
“All I’ve said is that he won’t sign a new contract at the moment, and the reason he won’t sign a new contract at the moment is a) he doesn’t believe it’s enough; b) the promises he was told by Moyes and the board that there’d be all these new signings, that they’d build – not build the team around him as such because he’s a defensive midfielder, but he would have all these other good players being brought in to play alongside him – and obviously, we haven’t signed anyone yet apart from youngsters.
“He was told we want to kick on from this season, there’s no evidence of that at the moment.”
Rice, who worked his way through West Ham’s youth sides after joining from Chelsea’s youth academy back in 2013, made his senior debut for the club in May 2017 under former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.
Since then, the 22-year-old, who is currently valued at £63 million, has made 145 appearances for West Ham across all competitions, in which he has scored five goals and provided five assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Ex’s comments on Rice and his current situation at West Ham…
Given how West Ham have only managed to sign Craig Dawson thus far this summer, it’s understandable why Rice might be a bit unsure of his future with the club if they told him that they would be bringing new players in during the off-season.
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However, with the club still having until the end of August when the current summer transfer window closes to bring in some new players, they will have to make sure they bring in the right players to not only strengthen their squad but also to keep their supposed promise to Rice and hope he will eventually sign a new deal with them.