Zabaleta backs Rice to go far for the 'Irons'

Ruben Hill
September 29, 2018

Former Argentina global Pablo Zabaleta has urged his West Ham side to secure the signature of Declan Rice, following a contract dispute.

The world and its wife has had their say on Rice's contract situation.

The 19-year-old, who joined the Hammers at 14 after being released by the Blues, starred in central midfield in Sunday's 0-0 Premier League draw.

While the youngster's performances on the pitch have been superb but Declan Rice's new West Ham contract is giving a number of fans sleepless nights.

John O'Shea, who recently retired from worldwide football, believes the West Ham United teenager may still opt for Ireland.

Rice has played an integral role in Manuel Pellegrini's new 4-3-3 system.

Former Ireland global goalkeeper Shay Given has accused England manager Gareth Southgate of getting into West Ham United defender Declan Rice's head.

Various news outlets are reporting different contract offers.

Sources have suggested that the new offer will be the final one made to Rice following contract negotiations which have become increasingly frustrating for the Premier League club. Meanwhile, Football.London journalist Sam Inkersole believes the offer is £18k-per-week plus bonuses.

Matt Lawton and Matt Barlow report in today's Daily Mail that Rice is "leaning toward" declaring for England.

Former Premier League victor Pablo Zabaleta has weighed in on the situation and believes that West Ham should do everything in their power to keep last season's Young Hammer of the Year.

The Standard claims Rice is now on £3,000 a week in a deal that expires at the end of next season. The former Argentina global believes the talented teenager has the potential to become one of West Ham's "greatest players".

Speaking to the Guardian, Zabaleta said: "He is young and still has room for improvement for sure".

"He looks so mature and he has proven week in, week out that he can perform for the team, so as a team-mate for me he is one of those young players that you like to look after and all the information I can give to him I will".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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