West Ham confident Declan Rice will sign new contract

Declan Rice
Image: Declan Rice is yet to sign a new contract at West Ham despite being in talks since April

West Ham are confident defender Declan Rice will sign a new contract, according to Sky sources.

The 19-year-old has less than two years remaining on his current contract, although the Hammers have the option to extend the deal by a further year.

West Ham have been in talks with Rice since April, but are yet to reach an agreement with him on fresh terms.

Declan Rice challenges Eden Hazard
Image: Rice has been deployed in a defensive midfield role this season

Rice was voted West Ham's young player of the year for the second successive season after featuring 31 times during the 2017/18 campaign.

Will Rice thrive in Wilshere's absence?

Will Rice thrive in Wilshere's absence?

With Jack Wilshere out, Declan Rice has a chance to show Manuel Pellegrini that he is more than just a replacement in the West Ham line-up.

Manuel Pellegrini has deployed Rice in a defensive midfield role this season, with the youngster returning to the first-team for West Ham's 3-1 victory over Everton earlier this month.

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He anchored the midfield once again during the goalless draw with Chelsea on Super Sunday.

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Rice, who is eligible to represent England, is yet to commit his international allegiance to the Republic of Ireland despite appearing in three friendlies for Martin O'Neill's side.

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