Jack Wilshere has insisted that he would not join Tottenham if offered the chance due to his connection with their bitter rivals Arsenal as he continues to look for a new club.
The 28-year-old midfielder came through the Gunners’ academy and made 197 appearances over ten seasons before joining West Ham in 2018.
But after a spell which was largely disrupted by injury Wilshere’s contract was mutually terminated last month, and he is currently without a team.
The former England international recently appeared on Sky Sports’ Super 6 Podcast, and when asked about if he could be tempted by a move to Spurs Wilshere was definitive in his answer.
“I love Mourinho, I think he’s an unbelievable coach… But I couldn’t do it,” he said.
“They wouldn’t have me!… But I don’t think I could do it. It’s not as if Arsenal got rid of me and kicked me out and there is bad feeling, they offered me a deal and I wanted to try something else. I’m an Arsenal man.”
It remains to be seen if any other Premier League clubs decide to come in for Wilshere over the coming months, but the player himself says he is open to offers from anywhere.
“I want to enjoy my football and play 25-30 games a season,” he said. “I’m open to MLS, Europe, anything with the right manager.
“I think the good thing about when I went to West Ham was that they brought in Manuel Pellegrini who tried to make us a team that had the ball. Obviously that didn’t work out for him.
“When I went to West Ham, I didn’t know it was going to be how it was. With my experience now, I’d be silly to go and sign for a team who are in a similar position to West Ham.
“When there is a relegation battle, teams want to nick a point and stay up, nick a goal and try and defend. That’s not the type of player I am.”
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