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Rice signs long-term Hammers deal

28th December 2018, 17:42 by Tom McGarry

Declan Rice has committed his long-term future to West Ham by penning a new contract that runs until the summer of 2024.

Since making his first-team debut in May 2017, the teenager has quickly established himself as a first-team regular at the London Stadium and brought up his 50th appearance for the club during the 2-0 home defeat against Watford before Christmas.

Rice, who turns 20 next month, has also received international recognition with the Republic of Ireland, making his debut in March, although he remains eligible to play for England and he is yet to fully commit to either country.

In the meantime, Rice has continued to impress for West Ham and he is delighted to have committed his future to the club.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have got the contract done, signed and to commit my future to the Club until 2024. I'm absolutely ecstatic," Rice told the West Ham website.

Now that his long-term future is sorted, Rice has shifted his focus to West Ham's targets for the rest of the season and he feels European qualification is within reach for Manuel Pellegrini's team.

He added: "Without a doubt, you've seen now the way we've played after the first four games, that's what we've got to be aiming for, for those European spots.

"With the players we've got out injured to come back in, we've definitely got to be aiming high."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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