Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants Jack Wilshere to sign new deal but England international unhappy with reduced terms
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants Jack Wilshere to sign a new deal but has revealed the decision is not just his as the club look to reduce his basic salary in favour of a more appearance-based wage.
Wilshere, who has been at the Gunners since 2001, making his first team bow as the youngest player in the North Londoners history in 2008, has a matter of months to go on his contract.
A source close to the Hitchin-reared player confirmed Wilshere and his representatives have been in discussion with the club since before last summer with the endgame fast approaching – but the 26-year-old not happy with the terms on offer at the moment.
The club has offered Wilshere a heavily incentivised new deal starting at around £80,000 basic per week – down from his current weekly wage of £110,000 per week – loaded with further payments should he meet various appearance targets.
However the England international is understandably holding out for a higher basic salary given his talents.
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Speaking ahead of Ostersund at the Emirates this evening Wenger said: “That decision doesn’t depend only on me. But I want him to sign very quickly.
“He is still to make a decision and to find a pen somewhere, I am happy to give him one.”
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Wilshere, who told this correspondent at the premier of 89 The Film that he wanted to become an Arsenal legend is free to speak to continental suitors which includes Serie A giants AC Milan.