Former England star Jack Wilshere has insisted that he has been fit for eight months now despite being frozen out at West Ham and admitted that he’d like to try something “that not many English players have done” amid links with a move to Rangers.
The former West Ham midfielder was released on deadline day and has been linked with a stunning Rangers move to get his career back on track as he opened up on his frustration at not playing for the Hammers.
“It didn’t turn out the way I wanted to at West Ham and I was frustrated at that, but that is football,” Wilshere told TalkSport.
“At the end of the day the manager picks his team and it is difficult once he has his team to change that.
“I thought maybe I would get more of a chance this year but I was thankful to him (David Moyes) that he made it clear to me that I wasn’t (in his plans) and it was probably in my best interests that I left and tried to find something else, so I did and here I am.
“I have been fit since February and I am ready to go.”
With Wilshere seeming fit and raring to play again, many Rangers fans think a move to Glasgow would be ideal for the incredibly talented Englishman but it seems as though he has his sights set a bit further afield.
After having his contract ripped up before the transfer deadline, Wilshere doesn’t need to rush to sort out his next move, admitting he’ll probably take a “week or two to decide” what the next step is for him.
“I think I want to try something different – I am leaning towards that. Maybe LaLiga, Italy, something a little bit different that not many English players have done,” he continued.
“At the same time, I am probably going to take a week or two to decide. I was in this position when I left Arsenal and if I have learnt anything from that, it is to take your time and make sure it is right for you.
“Not that I have regrets that I went to West Ham because in my head things would have turned out differently. But this time I am going to take my time and find something that suits me.
“I just want to be happy playing football again. When I first signed for West Ham and the first three games when I started, before I picked up a little injury, that was probably the last time I could tell you I was happy playing football.
“I want to go back on the pitch with a smile on my face and play 20-30 games a season where I am an important player for a team.”