Declan Rice wants a release clause so he can leave West Ham next year

Declan Rice and Jesse Lingard of West Ham, during a lap of appreciation-23.05.2021
Declan Rice and Jesse Lingard of West Ham, during a lap of appreciation-23.05.2021 - IMAGO / PA Images

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has set his sights on a move away from the London club next summer.

According to reports, the 22-year-old could be rewarded with a new contract after his impressive performances for club and country over the past year.

West Ham are keen to offer him a deal that represents his true stature within the club. 

Rice has a contract with West Ham until the summer of 2024 but the player is looking to insert a release clause in his new deal which will allow him to leave for a set fee next summer.

However, the Hammers are not keen on including a release clause in the player’s contract and therefore it is fair to assume that a new deal could be unlikely.

The 22-year-old has developed into one of the best midfielders in the Premier League and he’s undoubtedly a world-class player in the making.

The player has been heavily linked with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in the past and it is no surprise that he is eyeing up a move away from West Ham at the end of this season.

A player of his calibre deserves to play in the Champions League and he is unlikely to get that opportunity with West Ham anytime soon.

Rice will have seen Jack Grealish move to Manchester City for similar reasons this summer and he will be hoping to follow in his England teammate’s footsteps.

It remains to be seen whether the Hammers can convince the player to sign a new contract without a release clause in the coming months.

The 22-year-old is the best player at the club and losing him will be a devastating blow for the Londoners.