West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta has urged the club hierarchy to prioritise securing Declan Rice to a new contract following his very impressive start to the season.
Declan Rice had a good performance in the win at Everton and encouraging draw at home against Chelsea on Sunday which have lifted West Ham from the foot of the league table.
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini heaped praise on the teenager’s performance in that derby, yet Rice has entered the final 12 months of his deal having rejected a new offer over the summer.
Rice is understood to have turned down a deal worth around £15,000 a week and is holding out for around twice that
“ his own part in the side’s recovery. “But he has the right ability and attitude to become one of the greatest players for West Ham.
“He is in the last year of his contract so West Ham need to think about his situation because, even though he is young, he looks so mature and is proving he can perform for the team. He is one of those young players you like to look after and help with all the information you can give him.”
“Let’s not put more pressure on him, and instead see how far he can go as a player … He has a lot more to learn but all the players in the dressing room need to look after him and keep his feet on the ground. Even at the age of 19, if you play two or three good games in this league, you attract attention from everyone.”