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'Delighted' Rice lands five-year deal

Filed: Friday, 28th December 2018
By: Staff Writer

Declan Rice has finally put an end to speculation regarding his future at West Ham by penning a five year contract.

The 19-year-old midfielder has enjoyed a hugely successful start to the season for which he has finally been rewarded with a new contract that ties him to the club until 2024.

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"Iím absolutely delighted to have got the contract done, signed and to commit my future to the Club until 2024," said the teenager, who began his career with Chelsea. "Iím absolutely ecstatic.

"Iíve now played 50 games for the first team and Iím progressing week-in, week-out, learning from a top manager and top players. Iím still young, so to put more years on my contract and keep developing here is the best thing for me to do now.

"I think, with the support of the manager, the players, everyone, it was the right thing to do."

Meanwhile Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini admitted that he was delighted to secure Rice on a long-term contract, whilst insisting that he should have a long fruitful career ahead of him.

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"I am extremely pleased that Declan has extended his contract and secured his long-term future at West Ham United," said the manager. "It is thoroughly deserved and I congratulate him.

"Declan is still a young player with his career ahead of him. He already has 50 Premier League appearances at the age of 19 and has shown a very good performance level this season, but there is still more to come.

"Much has been said and written about him this year, but it is to his credit that he has not allowed that to affect his game. He has great focus, dedication and desire. Most importantly, he wants to learn more every day, which is why he has such a bright future.

"Everyone at the football club thinks very highly of Declan Ė he is a pleasure to work with every day and an example to any young player trying to make it at the highest level."

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