West Ham ready to play hardball in Declan Rice contract talks

Rice’s contract situation

Delcan Rice and West Ham could be heading for a contract impasse.

The club are only willing to offer the player a certain amount – and with Rice holding out, talks could be shelved.

Rice has risen to fame this season, and impressed with key performances.

Rice is currently on £3,000 per week, with the Hammers making an offer consisting of a rise to £15,000 per week and an extra £20,000 for each Premier League start.

After Rice rejected that offer, the Hammers went up to £21,000 plus the same amount for a Premier League start and regular salary increases.

Yet if this is rejected, they’re willing to play hardball according to Standard Sport. This is after feeling as though they gave Reece Oxford too much too soon.

SWANSEA, WALES – MAY 15: Manuel Pellegrini, manager of Manchester City looks on after the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Manchester City at the Liberty Stadium on May 15, 2016 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Pellegrini’s thoughts

The club have been doing well of late, yet lost their final game before the international break.

Despite that, manager Manuel Pellegrini isn’t panicking.

He said to the club’s official website“Before Friday’s game I said that it wasn’t a turning point when we beat Manchester United, [and neither is this].

“Every game in the Premier League is different, every game is difficult and we wanted to add points at Brighton.

“We couldn’t, but we must continue working in the same way, because the way we played in the last 45 minutes was the correct way.”

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