Declan Rice's contract saga with West Ham is at an end as the 19-year-old signed a new long-term deal with the club until 2024.
Rice was widely praised for his recent performance against Southampton during the Hammers 2-1 victory with manager Manuel Pellegrini hailing his focus.
He hasn’t had any problems, he has just been focusing on playing. Then the media started about his contract and his money, but he has never had any problem in that sense. He is always, always working hard and he is just 19 years old.
He’s a player who always wants to learn more, and he has got such a bright future ahead of him.
— West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) December 28, 2018
Rice's previous deal expired in 2020 and discussions were postponed last summer after he and the club failed to find an agreement. The academy graduate expressed his delight to finally resolve the situation.
"I’m absolutely delighted to have got the contract done, signed and to commit my future to the Club until 2024. I’m absolutely ecstatic”.
“Without a doubt, the plan was always to stay at West Ham. I’ve had the support from the fans, from the players and from the manager and now, to get it done and commit myself to this Club is a very special moment and I’m over the moon."