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Jack Wilshere signed a short-term contract with the Bournemouth England Championship team earlier this month after briefly training with them.
The English midfielder was eager to stay in shape as he searched for a new club after parting ways with West Ham United by mutual consent on the day of the summer transfer deadline, eventually joining the Cherries once again.
The 29-year-old was on loan at Vitality Stadium in 2016-17 towards the end of his career at Arsenal, and they decided to hand him a deal until the end of 2020-21 after impressing during training sessions.
West Ham fans came for Wilshere’s head afterward, mocking him for joining Bournemouth after he allegedly called the Hammers a small club.
The former Gunners midfielder has now cleared the air and made things clear, insisting that he never said what some West Ham fans claim he did during a question and answer session on Twitter:
I never said that. I simply said that football did not suit my style of play. My dream was to play for the club that I supported as a child. But thanks for the love 😆 https://t.co/CyyuqPGJ9X
– Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) January 22, 2021
The Hammers canceled the final months of the £ 100,000-a-week three-year contract that Wilshere signed when he joined from Arsenal in the summer of 2018 after he made just 19 games in all competitions for them.
While injuries influenced his limited chances at the London stadium, the former England intern said he was in top form for the past eight months at the club.
Now he will seek to prove himself at Bournemouth and help them return to the English top flight.
The Cherries are currently sixth in the championship table, 11 points behind leader Norwich City after 25 games, and it will be interesting to see if they can secure an immediate promotion in a big way after relegation last season.