West Ham United are set to reward Declan Rice for his fine form this season.
The versatile youngster, who has played in both defence and midfield for the Hammers, is to be given a new long-term contract in the near future, as per Sky Sports on Wednesday.
The 19-year-old’s current deal is due to expire at the end of next season and although the club have the option by extending it by a further twelve months, they seem set to extend it further under new terms in an effort to keep him away from potential suitors.
Rice has made eleven Premier League starts this season (with eleven more substitute appearances) as David Moyes eases him in to Premier League life, and although he had an afternoon to forget against Arsenal on Sunday (a performance which Moyes publicly criticised him for) he has generally earned rave reviews for his displays this year.
His career has also come on leaps and bounds on the international front this season. Having emphatically rebuffed the advances of England boss Gareth Southgate, Rice finally made his international debut for the Ireland senior team earlier this year, earning the man of the match award in a 1-0 defeat against Turkey.
He is set to have a big future for both club and country in the coming years – and for another example of how far the youngster has come, he was crowned Young Hammer of the Year by the club on Wednesday night.
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