West Ham have reached an agreement with Jack Wilshere to terminate his contract prematurely.
Wilshere joined the Irons in 2018 hoping to put his injury problems behind him with regular first-team football, but it soon became apparent that his issues weren’t going away. He is now in the third year of his contract, but made just his 19th appearance for the club in the Carabao Cup third round.
He hasn’t been named in a Premier League squad under David Moyes this season, and given he earns close to £100,000 per week, the club have been keen to cut their cloth by offloading him as soon as possible. For obvious reasons, however, finding a buyer has been a problem.
After The Guardian’s Jacob Steinberg reported on Monday evening that an agreement had been reached to release him from his contract, the player himself has released a damning statement suggesting his fitness was not the only reason behind his lack of play-time.
“I can confirm that I have today reached an agreement over the termination of my contract with West Ham United,” he said, before going on to claim that he has been ‘fully fit’ for a ‘large period of time.’
It’s a sad state of affairs for a player who was once one of the most highly-rated of an exciting generation. Coming out of the esteemed Arsenal academy, he made quite the impression under Arsene Wenger, and earned the first of 34 England caps aged just 18.
His time at Arsenal was marred by injury but he managed to rack up almost 200 appearances, and earned back to back FA Cup winner’s medals in 2014 and 2015. Now 28, he will be on the lookout for a new club for the second time in three years, and it is unclear as yet who will take a chance on him.