05 October 2020 22:38
Jack Wilshere's disappointing spell at West Ham is over after the former Arsenal midfielder agreed to cancel his contract by mutual consent. It is understood that West Ham will give Wilshere, who had entered the final year of his £100,000-a-week deal, the bulk of his wages to leave. The 28-year-old has struggled with injuries since moving to the London Stadium two years ago and faces a fight to resurrect his career. Transfer deadline day 2020: Arsenal meet Partey's £45m release clause – live! Wilshere was once regarded as one of the most exciting young talents in England, only for injuries to stop him fulfilling his potential at Arsenal.
He moved to West Ham on a free and signed a three-year deal on the insistence of Manuel Pellegrini. West Ham's board wanted to give Wilshere a one-year contract because of his injury record but bowed to the former manager's demands. West Ham, who are interested in a loan deal for the Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, sacked Pellegrini and replaced him with David Moyes last December. Moyes has not taken to Wilshere, who has managed six league starts in just over two seasons at the club. "Unfortunately, despite all of my best efforts and intentions, it has not worked out as I'd expected," Wilshere said in a statement on Twitter.
Wilshere had made 197 appearances for the Gunners and won two FA Cups but struggled with injuries during his time in north London. Those injury problems continued during his spell at West Ham, with Wilshere making just 16 Premier League appearances for the Hammers. In a statement, Wilshere said: 'I can confirm that today I have agreed the termination of my contract with West Ham United. 'When I joined the club in the summer of 2018 I joined with great hopes and expectations for the club I had supported as a young boy. 'I have been fully fit for a large period of time at the club, including over the last course of the last eight months – training hard every day – but unfortunately have not been given the opportunity to play.
TOP STORY: Transfer deadline day LIVE: Man Utd medical, Arsenal, Chelsea, every done deal Jack Wilshere has been released by West Ham, bringing to an end an injury-hit two seasons at the club. The 28-year-old former England midfielder managed just 19 appearances since joining from Arsenal in 2018. Wilshere had one year left on the three-year contract previous manager Manuel Pellegrini handed him, but West Ham have opted to cut their losses. A club statement read: "West Ham United can confirm that the club has agreed with Jack Wilshere to a mutual termination of the midfielder's contract. "Everyone at West Ham United would like to wish Jack all the best for his future career." Wilshere, whose career has been blighted by injury, was due to face Charlton in the Carabao Cup this season only to roll an ankle in training. Wilshere hinted that he had been frozen out by current manager David Moyes by claiming he has been fully fit for the past eight months. He wrote on Instagram: "When I joined the club in the summer of 2018 I joined with great hopes and expectations and was excited to join the club I had supported as a young boy. "Unfortunately despite all my best efforts and intentions it has not worked out as I'd expected. I have been fully fit for a large period of my time at the club, including over the course of the last eight months – training hard every day – but unfortunately have not been given the opportunity to play." Wilshere insisted he still has a future at the top, adding: "Although of course I am frustrated that I was not fully able to showcase what I am capable of at West Ham I remain convinced I can still contribute at the very top of the game. West Ham United can confirm that the Club has agreed with Jack Wilshere to a mutual termination of the midfielder's contract. The 28-year-old departs having played 19 times and scored once since joining the Hammers in the summer of 2018. Everyone at West Ham United would like to wish Jack all the best for his future career.