Mikey Antonio insists that he has no intention of getting involved in Declan Rice’s contractual situation.
The Hammers midfielder has been offered a staggering eight-year deal worth £200,000-per-week but he has yet to sign on the dotted line.
However, the Irons have reached an agreement with Rice to keep him for this summer, and potentially allow him to leave at the end of next season, should there be an appropriate offer.
There is no indication of bids being forthcoming from top clubs as yet but Antonio insists that he will not get involved in the England international’s future.
However, Mikey has confirmed that he wants Declan to stay and “loves” him both as a player and as a person.
Speaking to Sky Sports, as transcribed by Hammers News, the Jamaica international said: “One thing with Dec he won’t let anything outside of football distract him. He’ll do what he does on the field and keep concentrating on that. Whatever happens, happens for him.
“Obviously I enjoy playing with him, everyone wants to play with the best and I would love to keep playing with him for as long as possible.
“I’m a person that doesn’t like to convince anybody to do anything,
I like them to be happy in their own body so whatever Dec wants to do I’ll be happy for him. I love him as a player and I love him as a person. His decision is his at the end of the day.”
Declan and Mikey are both set to be in action again this weekend against Manchester City in what could prove to be a pivotal game in the title race.