Rice has rejected the offer of a new contract in east London and has now entered the final two years of his current deal, meaning this summer is surely the last chance West Ham have of extracting anything approaching maximum value for the 24-year-old.
Manager David Moyes refused to discuss Rice’s future after the game though the midfielder embarked on a second solo lap of appreciation after the rest of the squad had completed theirs.
Six years to the day he made his Hammers debut, Rice levelled the scores as West Ham came from behind to beat Leeds 3-1 on Sunday, only days after they booked their spot in the Europa Conference League final.
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) May 21, 2023
“Photo says it all,” wrote Rice on Twitter.
“Thank you so much for the love & support this season. We appreciate all of you.”