West Ham have ‘not got a big panic on’ over the future of superstar Declan Rice, according to manager David Moyes.

Rice has been the stand-out player for the Hammers under Moyes’ tenure at the London Stadium, working his way up to vice-captain and an England regular during their time together.

This has seen the 22-year-old linked with mega-money moves to Chelsea and Manchester United in the past, but the Irons have so far been able to keep hold of their prize asset.

With the January transfer window upon us once again, speculation has begun around Rice’s future at the club with a new contract not sorted yet.

However while speaking in his pre-match press conference, via Evening Standard, Moyes has revealed that there is no panic over the future of his midfield star.

“Declan’s under a long contract here, under a long length of contract,” said Moyes. “So from that point of view we’ve not got a big panic on.

“We will keep Declan as long as we possibly can, we’ve no intention of selling him. If we ever had to, I’ve said already many, many times what it would be – a shoot to the moon.”

Pay up or shut up

Chelsea and Man United have both been linked [Daily Mail] with huge moves for Rice in the past, but West Ham’s valuation of £100m put them off.

Moyes recently said that there was ‘a bargain to be had’ at £100m, but that bargain was now ‘gone’ [The Athletic], suggesting that Rice’s value had only increased after staying at West Ham and continuing to impress.

But with a contract that runs until 2024, the Hammers may have to start considering a sale if a new deal can’t be agreed.

The England international will have two years left on his deal in the summer which is usually the prime time for a renewal or for speculation to ramp up even further.

Rice has made no secret of his wish to play at the highest level and realistically it just isn’t something West Ham can offer him regularly.

With a new deal nowhere near being agreed, the Hammers risk losing their star man for far less than the nine-figure sum they’re quoting. For now though, the interested parties need to pay up for the ‘world classmidfielder [David Hunt], or shut up.

In other West Ham news, Declan Rice told how to go to ‘another level’ for West Ham.

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