Reports: Jack Wilshere rejected lucrative contract and Champions League football to play for West Ham

Jack Wilshere officially joined West Ham United on a free transfer this summer, after having become an integral part of Arsene Wenger’s side last season. However, a recent report states that Wilshere rejected a lavish offer from Turkish giants Fenerbahce. According to the report, Wilshere was offered a signing-on fee of 8 million pounds along with a possible prospect of playing in the Champions League.

Fenerbahce have to compete in the qualifying rounds against Benfica, and this Wilshere’s signing could have boosted their chances of prospering in the European competition. Reportedly, the midfielder rejected these advances in order to sign for a club that he used to support as a young boy.

Despite being tormented with injuries and fitness concerns, Wilshere appeared 38 times for Arsene Wenger’s side last season, and had eventually become an integral member of the playing XI. However, he and the club could not negotiate to sign a contract extension, and Wilshere ended up moving to the Hammers in search of more playing time.

As reported by the Daily Star, Fenerbahce seemed to lure Wilshere, but the midfielder decided to continue his stay in the EPL itself. Wilshere knows the league well enough, and playing in England would help him remain in national limelight too.

This could lead to a possible national call-up for the 26-years-old in the near future too, provided he brings stability and consistency in his game.

West Ham even appointed Manuel Pellegrini as their manager, and this is a clear indication towards the club’s ambition.

Moreover, Wilshere’s move to the Hammers means that he would still play in London. Hence, he would not have to endure the difficult adaptations that a player has to after taking a transfer away from his previous club.

 It remains to be seen whether Wilshere’s decision to reject a lucrative offer to continue playing in England would reap rich rewards from the coming season onwards.

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