June 13, 2015 07:43:19 UK
England midfielder Jack Wilshere says he will not move to Manchester City to make up the home-grown numbers and wants “to be wanted by Arsenal”.
The news comes after reports on Friday suggested the Premier League big-spenders had a £25million offer for Wilshere’s England team-mate, Raheem Sterling, turned down by Liverpool.
“I’ve grown up at Arsenal. As long as Arsenal want me, I’m happy.”
The north-west giants need to up their quota of British players following the departures of midfielders James Milner and Frank Lampard for Liverpool and New York City respectively.
Wilshere says he has no desire to leave Emirates Stadium and is keen to repay manager Arsene Wenger.
“I wouldn’t go somewhere just because I’m a home-grown player,” the 23-year-old told reporters.
“I’d want to be wanted by a club; I want to be wanted by Arsenal.”
The young midfield prospect has been troubled by ankle problems and last season made just nine Premier League starts for the north Londoners as they secured a third-place finish in the top flight and retained the FA Cup.
Gunners manager Wenger says he has no intention of selling Wilshere, who has been at the club since the age of nine, but warned only last month the midfielder might need “one or two years” to return to his best because of injury lay-offs.
Wilshere, speaking ahead of England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia on Sunday, said he was not interested in transfer speculation and was committed to the capital club.
“I’ve grown up at Arsenal. As long as Arsenal want me, I’m happy,” added Wilshere.
Slovenia are currently priced 4.33 in the match betting and the draw is quoted 3.50. England are available to back in the 90 minutes market at 1.83.
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