England international has ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with club amid interest from Chelsea

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England international Declan Rice reportedly has a ‘gentleman’s agreement with West Ham to stay for one more year amid interest from Chelsea.

Rice, a boyhood Chelsea fan, has quickly become a fan favourite. The 23-year-old played a pivotal role in helping his country reach a European Championship final, and has helped guide West Ham into Europe.

His performances have attracted the interest of a host of clubs in the Premier League, but according to talkSPORT, Rice has a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with West Ham to stay at the club for another year.

This is despite Chelsea’s heavy interest in the midfielder, a club Rice would surely be tempted by after spending some time in their academy as a kid.

Although a gentleman’s agreement means little in terms of officially ruling out a sale this summer, West Ham will be hoping Rice keeps his word after giving him a platform to express himself and develop into the player he is today.

With N’Golo Kante and Jorginho entering the final year of their contracts, a signing like Rice could be the ideal replacement and the man to allow Chelsea to begin to compete with Manchester City and Liverpool at the top of the Premier League.

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  1. This story is speculative BS. There is no such agreement in place. WH have him for another three years, and he could sign a contract extension in that time in any case. If he does ultimately decide to leave, the ABC rule applies – Anyone But Chelsea. Besides being a horrible, plastic club, they would represent a sideways move for Dec. Not happening.

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