Jack Wilshere explains why he spurned Wayne Rooney advances in new club search


Jack Wilshere (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Jack Wilshere is still looking for a new club but has revealed that he was offered the chance to sign for Derby County over the summer by his former England teammate Wayne Rooney.

The 29-year-old left Bournemouth at the end of last season and has been looking for a new employer ever since, both on home soil and abroad.

The former Arsenal star went over to Italy to train with Serie B side Como and has since been training back in north London with the Gunners, but no contract to play anywhere has emerged.

Although apparently keen to get back on the pitch, Wilshere was not that keen when approached by Rooney to join him at Pride Park.

The Rams were under a transfer embargo over the summer and could only sign short-term deals for free agents and loan signings, which is when Rooney got in touch with Wilshere.

The midfielder had a think about his options, but decided against signing for the cash-strapped Championship side.

‘I did speak to Wazza [Rooney] actually in the summer,’ Wilshere told talkSPORT.


‘It was when Derby were under that embargo where they couldn’t buy anyone so…I went to Como instead, but I did think about it.

‘I played in the Championship last year and I did actually enjoy it. It’s a tough league. I don’t think it suited my style of play.’

Derby County v Luton Town - Sky Bet Championship

Rooney’s Derby are bottom of the Championship after a 12-point penalty for going into administration (Picture: Getty Images)

Asked what Wilshere would like to do next, he says he fancies the idea of playing abroad, specifically in America, if possible.

‘I’d like to go abroad actually,’ he said. ‘Obviously I would like to play in the Premier League as well. But I would also like to play abroad.

‘I’m training with Arsenal ‘til the end of January, the MLS start their pre-season in January.’

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