It has been a frustrating two seasons for Jack Wilshere, who is now without a club after leaving AGF Aarbus, and he has spoken about his long-term future.
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Jack Wilshere still has the ‘bug’ of continuing to play but could hang up his boots if the right coaching opportunity arises amid rumors he could retire after his disappointing spell at Danish side AGF Aarhus.
The former Arsenal midfielder made 10 Danish Superliga appearances after signing a free transfer in February and helped them stay in the division. However, Wilshere’s contract expired at the end of the season meaning he is again without a club for the third time in 18 months.
Wilshere was with Bournemouth for the second half of the 2020/21 season, where he played 17 games as they narrowly missed out on promotion. But he was not offered a new contract and left the club last summer.
After spending six months training with Arsenal and performing media duties on talkSPORT, Wilshere decided to join AGF in February. Fast forward to the end of May and Wilshere hinted he would be ready to retire if given the right playing opportunity, with coaching high on his list.
When asked if he was looking to continue playing, he told BUT: “It all depends. Because I’ve been through so much in the last 18 months in terms of not having a club, I know how it feels. If a coaching opportunity came up, I wouldn’t be sad to say ‘well, that’s it, I’m done playing’.
“I have a great desire to coach and succeed in this area. You look at the managers who have been successful in the last five or six years, they started young. So I’m just like ‘why not? “”
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Wilshere added: “I still have this bug [to continue playing], but I’ve said it so many times it must be true. My goal is not to go to a club and then go to Real Madrid or return to Arsenal. I want to go somewhere and enjoy it, and maybe learn a different culture that will also help me in my coaching.”
Wilshere was also asked if he would move to League Two. He replied: “I’ve had that question before and I’ve also been hammered for saying I don’t want to play in the Championship.
“It’s not me saying I think I’m too good for the Championship. I was in the Championship and ended up sitting on the bench, and I didn’t like it. C “It’s as simple as that. If I’m not going to enjoy it, I don’t want to play there. So I probably wouldn’t go to Ligue 2 because I’d probably end up on the bench there too.