Milan Offer Wilshere an Italian Job

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Gennaro Gattuso told the assembled press at his press conference yesterday that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is a player he greatly admires, reports Sky Sports.

The AC Milan coach reiterated claims made previously by Pep Guardiola. “Wilshere’s a very different sort of player,” the former Glasgow Rangers midfielder said. “He’s got the personality of an English footballer, but the same quality of a Spanish player – two different cultures, which I like a lot.”

Wilshere has yet to agree on a new contract with Arsenal and come the end of the season, can walk away from the Gunners on a free transfer. Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, is keen for the England international to stay but is powerless to stop it happening.

The club recently offered Wilshere a new deal but that reportedly involved a cut in basic pay with enhanced incentives, a position brought about by his record with injuries. Having seen his team-mates and Wenger himself sign lucrative deals in the last twelve months, Wilshere rejected the offer.

It’s a delicate time for the north London club. Aaron Ramsey, 27, is about to enter the final year of his current contract. So far, he and the club have not reached an agreement over a new deal.

Wenger admitted he wanted both players to stay with the club and denied they would sell Ramsey if he doesn’t sign a new deal this summer. Whether being forced to replace Jack Wilshere will change that view remains to be seen.