Jack Wilshere has insisted that he wants to sort out his current contract situation at Arsenal as soon as possible (via The Independent).
There’s a realistic chance that Jack Wilshere will leave Arsenal at the end of the season.
The midfielder’s current deal at the club expires at the end of June and with contract talks between the club and the player still ongoing, it’s possible that nothing will be finalised.
the 26-year-old is currently away with the England national team and broke the news that Arsene Wenger told Wilshere that he was free to leave Arsenal last summer.
“It was boiling up for a while because everybody knew I had a year left on my deal and I had been out on loan, got injured, and wasn’t really in his plans,” Wilshere told the press.
“He said, ‘I am going to be honest with you and at the moment we are not going to be offering you a contract, so if you can get a contract somewhere else, you can go’. Obviously, I was not happy with that, but at the same time I was happy he was being honest.
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“He gave me the opportunity with three or four weeks left in the transfer window, but I did not find anything that I wanted and at the same time I was not really fit, so I decided that I wanted to stay and build up my fitness.”
Wilshere did indeed stay and was given game time in the Europa League and Carabao Cup before moving into the Premier League team.
However, his contract situation is no closer to being resolved and Wilshere was asked if he wanted the whole thing wrapped up before leaving with England to the World Cup.
“I have got three months left on my contract. I don’t know how to answer that. Ideally, yes, I want it sorted as soon as possible.
“I want to go to the World Cup and enjoy it, but we have three months till then and a lot can happen.”
So, it seems that Arsene Wenger was willing to let Jack Wilshere leave Arsenal last summer but that the situation has somewhat changed in the last few months. The club and the player are still far apart in terms of contract negotiations but let’s hope that gets sorted out as soon as possible.