€55m-rated midfielder could sign new contract amid Chelsea interest

West Ham United are reportedly preparing to offer Declan Rice a new deal to fend off interest from Chelsea. The 21-year-old midfielder was strongly linked with a big-money move to the Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window but stayed in east London.

Now, the Hammers are readying a fresh double-your-money £120,000-a-week deal for Declan. Rice played every single minute of Hammers PL season last campaign and is set to be targeted by the Blues in winter.

England international has been an ever-present in David Moyes’ midfield this term with Hammers earning credible back-to-back draws against Tottenham and Man City. Last month, WWE chief and Hammers supporter Triple H urged Rice to remain in east London.

He said: “I have a message for one Declan Rice. Declan, you’ve got big decisions ahead of you and I understand that. Far be it from me to tell you what to do, but I’d like to give you a point of view that sometimes in life there are more important things.”

“There is an opportunity to be something more, to be a hero, to be a hero to fans that have supported you. To be a hero to people that have watched you come up through a system and succeed in that system. To be a hero and build something on your own. To not just succeed, but to succeed on your terms. Build your franchise, build your legacy.”

“To become something more, to become the one and only, to become the first Declan Rice. Stay with the people that brought you to the dance.”