Real Madrid's pursuit of West Ham captain Declan Rice to Spain under pressure

Real Madrid’s bid to entice West Ham captain Declan Rice to Spain is under threat of failing.

Real Madrid thought they had the perfect offer lined up for West Ham United’s Declan Rice, although now it appears the player will refute any offers and sign a new contract with the London outfit.

As the news spreads across the City, Madrid fans are sharing their disappointment in the information from the club; the deal is now unlikely as they set about the rebuilding of the squad for next season.

Los Blancos, who have attended many games this season, keeping a watchful eye on the prospect at the London Stadium, had prepared an end of a season transfer bid in the region of €120,000,000 with a tempting salary package offer to the player of €350,000 per week.

Although that deal looks to be scuppered as West Ham United takes further investment from Eastern Europe, the player, who has declined two new contract offers, is now prepared for a third offer to meet his demands and value.

This season, Rice’s value has hit the highs as West Ham sits third in the English Premier League after slaying Liverpool on Sunday.

Demonstrating that he is a world-class player, at just 22 years old, Blancos fans, as well as the club’s president and board of directors, thought Rice was the perfect candidate for the next UK import – with both having high hopes of his arrival by tempting the player and his representatives with a sizeable financial package.

“It’s disappointing and bad luck that West Ham is receiving new investment – although I think we need to up the ante and push harder for him, he’s 22 and fits the bill perfectly for at least seven years, the club can’t fail us on this,” says Miguel  Rimanez, head of one the supporter’s group in the Spanish capital.

“We are releasing Gareth Bale at the end of the season, so our new import should certainly be Rice from the UK; we need to pay him what we are paying Bale, let’s face the facts, we are the largest club in the world, why would he refuse?

“It would be a big step for him, but he is precisely what we need in our rebuild with the other signings were are assembling.

“I think if we throw in a further, bigger offer, he will see he’s making a mistake, we normally do, just look at our dealings with PSG – There’s a long way to go in this, it’s not over yet, I feel,” says Antonio Lopez a football scout well known in the north of Madrid.

Contacting Real Madrid’s offices this morning, the club stated: “We are not in any position to discuss any current discussions with any player, as always prepare for official press statements as we rebuild the squad for next season”.