Wilshere reveals he turned down money for West Ham

Daniel Storey

Jack Wilshere has revealed that he turned down a higher salary abroad in order to sign for West Ham.

Released by Arsenal after refusing to sign a new deal, Wilshere was subject to offers from Turkey and Italy, but eventually chose to stay in the Premier League.

Speaking after West Ham’s preseason friendly with Preston, Wilshere said that money had never been a factor in his decision.

“Money did not come into it and my decision to leave Arsenal was purely based on football.

“There was a good contract on the table that I could have signed and would have been happy to sign but I have never been a player motivated by money.

“I want to be playing in the best league at the best club I can be, where I can thrive and be an important player.

“Getting back with England was another major reason for joining West Ham. I want to be playing in front of the scouts, the England manager, on Sky and to be in everyone’s minds still.

“I have always said that if I’m fit and healthy I want to play for my country. I’m proud to play for England and I have been lucky enough to do that a number of times and I want to carry on doing that.”

For all the benefits of moving abroad and experiencing another culture, you have to respect Wilshere’s insistence that playing on Sky gives you a better chance of making the England squad.