Wilshere 'willing to go abroad' after leaving Arsenal as a free agent

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The England international is currently weighing up his options, with Fenerbahce, West Ham, Everton and Crystal Palace among his reported suitors

Jack Wilshere has admitted that he is “willing to go abroad” as he weighs up his options after leaving Arsenal as a free agent.

The 26-year-old is severing ties with the Gunners after 17 years, with a previously agreed contract extension having been snubbed following talks with Unai Emery.

Several clubs are said to be keen on acquiring the England international, with interest from across Europe complementing that being shown in the Premier League.

Goal has revealed that Serie A champions Juventus are not among his suitors, but Turkish heavyweights Fenerbahce are reported to be keen.

Quizzed by Sky Sports News on whether he could leave English shores this summer, Wilshere said: "I am willing to go abroad if the right opportunity comes up. Also, everyone knows I like the Premier League and the battle of it.

"It is literally the best thing that comes up and the best opportunity that we will take. I am not really in any rush, today [Saturday] is actually my last day with my contract at Arsenal, so it's been a bit of a strange day.

"I have played 10 years as a professional there and had 17 years at the club. We are looking at things and I am keeping myself fit. So if something does come up I am ready to go."

If Wilshere ultimately opts against a foreign adventure, then there are plenty of sides on home soil willing to take him on.

West Ham, Everton, Crystal Palace, Wolves and Fulham have all been credited with holding an interest, but the in-demand talent insists he will not be rushing into a future call.

"This has been a good opportunity for me to rest and reflect on my life and what I want - I am not going to rush that decision," Wilshere added.

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"The transfer window finishes early August, so we still have some time and with the World Cup still going on things happen after the World Cup and during.

"Everyone knows what deadline day is like, it's manic and teams start to panic so we will see. I am not putting a deadline on anything."

Wilshere made 38 appearances for Arsenal last season – his highest tally since 2010-11 – with the all-action midfielder having been able to lessen the impact of niggling knocks on an injury-hit career.

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