‘I want to try something different… something not many English players have done’: Jack Wilshere reveals desire to play in LaLiga or Serie A after having £100,000-a-week contract cancelled at West Ham as ex-Arsenal star ‘just wants to be happy’ again
- The London club have cancelled the midfielder’s £100,000-a-week contract
- Wilshere had a year remaining on his deal, but a mutual agreement was reached
- Scottish Premiership giants Rangers have been credited with an interest
Jack Wilshere has admitted he is interested in a move to Spain or Italy after he was released from his £100,000-a-week contract at West Ham.
Speaking for the first time since agreeing to leave the east London club, Wilshere revealed he will ‘take a week or two’ to make up his mind as a free agent, with Steven Gerrard and Rangers among those reportedly keen to sign him.
‘I think I want to try something different, LaLiga or Italy, something not many English players have done,’ the former Arsenal midfielder told talkSPORT.
Jack Wilshere has opened up about his departure from West Ham United on talkSPORT
The former England international was released from his £100,000-a-week contract this week
Wilshere revealed an ambition to potentially make a move out to Spain to play in LaLiga
‘I will probably take a week or two to decide. I was in this position at Arsenal and if I learned anything from that it is to take your time. It’s not that I have any regrets at joining West Ham, I just need to take the time.’
Wilshere, who was out of contract in 2021, mutually agreed to end his deal 12 months early.
The key now for the former England international is to find happiness on the pitch again having battled form and fitness in recent years.
‘I just want to be happy playing football again,’ Wilshere, in conversation with Darren Bent, said.
Scottish Premier League giants Rangers have been linked, with boss Steven Gerrard a fan
Wilshere established himself as a young player at Arsenal and thrived under Arsene Wenger
‘Probably in the first three games when I signed for West Ham that was the last time I was happy playing football. I just want to be happy with a smile on my face and being an important player for a team.’
Wilshere previously indicated that he feels fully fit, and appeared to hit out for the lack of game-time he received towards under David Moyes.
In a statement on Monday night, Wilshere said: ‘When I joined the club in the summer of 2018 I joined with great hopes and was excited to join the club I supported as a boy.
‘Despite all of my best efforts and intentions, it has not worked out as I’d expected.
‘I have been fully fit for a large period of time at the club, including over the course of the last eight months but unfortunately have not been given the opportunity to play.
Such form for Arsenal led to international recognition with England at major tournaments
Wilshere explained he still seeks the advice of former boss Wenger and did so recently
‘Although I am frustrated I was not able to fully showcase what I am capable of at West Ham, I remain convinced that I can still contribute at the very top of the game. I am still hungry and ambitious.’
Reiterating he feels in good health during his interview on talkSPORT, the 28-year-old revealed that he sought the advice of former manager Arsene Wenger with a decision needing to be made about his West Ham future.
‘I don’t want him to say he was like my dad because he’s not my dad but he was like a father figure,’ Wilshere continued.
‘Even now I picked up the phone and asked for his advice. He is the godfather of football and I follow his advice. He guided me from a young player to a senior player at Arsenal, he was brilliant for me.’