- West Ham confirm the signing of Jack Wilshere after completing his medicals
- The former Arsenal star left the club after his contract ran out at the Emirates
-The England international spent 17 years with his boyhood club Arsenal
West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of Jack Wilshere on a three-year contract.
The 26-year-old midfielder arrived the London club after he chose to leave Arsenal after 17 years when his contract expired last month.
The England international put pen-to-paper with the Hammers and will fly out to Switzerland to link up with Manuel Pellegrini’s squad at their pre-season training camp in Bad Ragaz.
“It feels good, it feels special,” said Wilshere, whose father and brother are also lifelong Hammers. “Many people know that I’ve had a special bond with this Club growing up.
“People will have seen the picture of me in a West Ham shirt and I’ve got good memories of my childhood supporting West Ham, watching them at Upton Park. It feels good and of course my family and a few of my friends are West Ham fans so everyone’s buzzing.”
Wilshere said he did not have to think twice when he learned of Pellegrini’s interest which made him join the east Londoners.
“I think it was a number of things,” he confirmed, “the manager being one and the way he wants to play and where he sees me playing.
“The fans, of course – everyone knows how big West Ham’s fanbase is – and especially in this new Stadium. Not many clubs could fill it week in, week out, and West Ham do.
“I want to be playing here in front of the Hammers, and my bond I’ve had with the Club over my childhood will make it even more special.”
“Manuel and I identified him as a target as soon as we joined the Club and we are delighted to have succeeded in securing Jack’s signature above a number of other teams.
“Jack is a player with vast experience and quality at the highest level, having played all of his career in the Premier League.
“On the biggest stage, he has shown that he has game-changing abilities, as well as having the creativity and intelligence to make a real difference to our squad.
“He is a passionate man and has shown winning characteristics throughout his career. Jack will be a great addition and we look forward to seeing his undoubted quality in a West Ham United shirt over the coming years as we fight for important goals at the Club.”
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Wilshere grew up in a West Ham-supporting family, idolising the likes of John Moncur, Paolo Di Canio and Joe Cole.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported Jack Wilshere has confirmed he will quit Arsenal once his current contract with the club expires at the end of this month.
The 26-year-old joined the Gunners as a youngster in 2001, and seven years later, he got his chance to play with the big boys, and since then, he has made 197 first-team appearances.
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