Although he was known to be one of the future’s most world-class midfielders once, the 29-year-old is struggling to find a club notwithstanding being fully fit.
talked about his struggles regarding finding a new club, with the ex-Arsenal
star revealing that he doesn’t understand why he hasn’t received any offers.
The 29-year-old played forWest Ham
before departing Arsenal in 2018, but the two clubs did not make a long-term offer to the midfielder.
Having had 34 caps for his country, the free agent is having a hard time understanding why there isn’t any interest.
Today I was running around an athletics track and struggling to imagine I would be here at this point in my career,”
of his current situation.
“My kids are at an age where they understand. Especially Archie, who’s nine. He’s actually having conversations with me, saying, ‘What about the MLS?’ or ‘Why aren’t you playing in La Liga?’
“And it is difficult to explain to him. He’ll say to me, ‘How come no club wants you?’ I don’t know. But how do I explain that to him?
“When I go out, people recognise me. The most difficult part is trying to explain when they ask, ‘Well, why don’t you just sign for a club in England?’ I’m like, ‘Well, no one wants me’, and they can’t really get their head around it.”
Having played in his homeland in his entire career, Wilshere is ready to take up a new challenge and hopes that going abroad will help him get away from a reputation of being injured for a long time.
“I’ve said before that I’m open to going abroad. In fact, I probably want to go abroad. I want to try something different.
“Have a fresh start somewhere where people, clubs, fans don’t think, ‘Oh, that’s Jack Wilshere. He’s going to get injured today’, or, ‘He’ll play five games and that’s it… waste of an investment’.
“I feel a little bit like the door in this country has been shut on me. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because of the injury history and people getting references from places. I feel like that’s unfair.
“The last time I had an injury was in January 2020. Everyone thinks, ‘Oh, his ankle, his ankle’. It wasn’t my ankle. I had a hernia, which is a standard injury. It was a 10-day turnaround and then unfortunately lockdown came. But I built myself up and had a really good base of fitness.
“My next move is not about, ‘I need to make money’. It’s about the feeling I’ve got inside, and I’m not just talking about when I was a kid growing up, loving football. It was the early days at Arsenal when I used to love playing, love going out and playing at the Emirates.
“It’s about trying to get that feeling back of having something to fight for.”
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