Former West Ham and Arsenal player is still confident regarding his future career and says he has more to give to the football industry.
Former West Ham and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere denied giving up on football after his exit from the Hammers. Subsequently, the England international quit from the London Stadium and believes that he has much more to offer.
West Ham consequently terminated Wilshere’s £100,000-a-week deal earlier. As a result, the Englishman is now a free agent with just 19 outings over two seasons for the Hammers in the Premier League.
Unfortunately, numerous injuries harmed Wilshere’s football career. Though, he featured for the Gunners and England during his teenage period.
Nonetheless, Wilshere shared his thoughts regarding his future with West Ham.
“People will say what they want and footballers get paid well, but there is nothing more draining and saps your confidence more than when you know you are not going to play, that no matter what you do in training, or what the other players are doing, even if you lose 3-0, you are not going to get an opportunity,” Wilshere told the BBC.
“I didn’t want to be around that and in that environment.”
Looking for a new start.
To everyone’s surprise, Wilshere now trains in a local park with his friends until he finds a club.
“It is important to find a club where I am going to play, be an important player, and be happy. I don’t want to rush into anything. It has to be the right team in the right country,” Wilshere added.
“I am open to Europe or wherever.”
And even though it is a tough time for him, Wilshere is sure that he will create a difference wherever he plays.
“People forget I am 28. Everyone thinks I am 30 or 31, probably because I started when I was 16. That is 12 years ago, which is a long time in football,” Wilshere said.
“In my head, I have been fit for ages but at the same time, I haven’t played games. People probably have forgotten. But there is a difference between fully fit and playing games.
“I have been fully fit for a while but, without games, you don’t get up to speed or get the minutes you need. In a year’s time, I would like to have 20-25 games behind me at a new club and be looking forward to the future.
“I feel I have much more to give. I just want to be given the opportunity to show it.”