Out-of-contract Jack Wilshere reveals he HAS thought about retirement at the age of 29… but the former Arsenal wonderkid believes he ‘100%’ can find a new club to reignite his career
- Jack Wilshere was at Arsenal between 2001 and 2018 before joining West Ham
- He then had a spell at Bournemouth and is currently training with the Gunners
- The 29-year-old last played for the Cherries in their 1-0 win over Brentford in May
- Wilshere also enjoyed a spell training with Serie B side Como earlier this season
Jack Wilshere says he ‘100%’ he can find a new club – but admits thoughts of retiring have crossed his mind.
Wilshere’s career has been ravaged by injuries, with a 17-year spell at Arsenal coming to an end in 2018 before unsuccessful stints at West Ham and Bournemouth, where he last played professionally in the Cherries’ Championship play-off semi-final first-leg win over Brentford on May 17.
The England international is currently training with the Gunners’ first team and Under-23s while also working on his coaching badges and, speaking to BBC Sport, the 29-year-old reveals he is in a dilemma about whether to carry on searching for a new home.
Jack Wilshere has been training and coaching at Arsenal as he searches for a new club
The 29-year-old returned to his boyhood club last month following his release by Bournemouth
Wilshere last played professionally in the Cherries’ first-leg play-off win over Brentford in May
‘I have to think about it,’ Wilshere said on the topic of retirement. ‘That is why I am doing the coaching. I have been forced into doing it a little bit, but I am grateful for the opportunity.
‘If you want to go on to become a successful coach or manager, you have to get as much experience as you can.’
Wilshere is open to moves abroad after the taste of training in Italy earlier this season with Serie B side Como.
‘I 100% think I can still play. I don’t care what people say or write or what they say on social media. I am an honest guy.
Wilshere spent time training with Como earlier this season and is open to a move abroad
Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori have shone since joining Roma and AC Milan respectively
‘If I didn’t think I could, I would be the first to say ‘enough, I am going to do something else’.
‘But I am almost at the point where I think something different, abroad, might be beneficial to me.’
English players plying their trade in Europe is becoming increasingly common, with current England squad members Jude Bellingham and Tammy Abraham mpressing for Borussia Dortmund and Roma respectively, while Kieran Trippier won LaLiga with Atletico Madrid last term and Fikayo Tomori has become a pivotal part of AC Milan’s defence.