Jack Wilshere says he is disappointed but insists he “can still contribute at the very top of the game” following his release by West Ham.
The midfielder leaves the Hammers after making 19 appearances in just over two years and with nine months left of the deal he signed with the club in 2018. “I’m still only 28 and feel fit, strong and ready to play,” tweeted Wilshere. “I am still incredibly hungry, ambitious and desperate to play football and achieve success.” Wilshere joined the Hammers, the club he supported as a boy, on a three-year deal in July 2018 after leaving Arsenal. But he has made only 16 league appearances since and featured once for the Hammers this season, in the 5-1 victory over League One Hull in the Carabao Cup. However, he insists that his absence from the team has not been fully down to the injury problems that badly affected his time at the Gunners, especially of late. “Despite all my best efforts and intentions, it has not worked out as I expected,” he wrote. “I have been fully fit for a large period of time at the club, including over the course of the last eight months – training hard every day – but unfortunately have not been given the opportunity to play. “Although of course I am frustrated that I was not fully able to showcase what I am capable of at West Ham I remain convinced I can still contribute at the very top of the game. “I’m now looking forward to the future and hope to be able to make an announcement about the next stage of my career in due course.” An extremely talented player, Wilshere made 197 first-team appearances for Arsenal and was part of the 2014 and 2015 FA Cup-winning sides. He has 34 England caps, the last of which came in the 2-1 defeat by Iceland in the 2016 European Championship last 16.