Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has told the Guardian that they have not had any talks with Arsenal about Jack Wilshere’s future .
The 25 year old is on loan at the Vitality stadium until the end of the season but the Cherries boss says they will only think about a permanent deal for the midfielder in the summer. Asked if he would like to make a deal, Howe replied:
“We would love that to happen. I can’t rate Jack any higher as a person or a footballer, and how he’s come into the team and what he has delivered for us. But there has been no discussion with Arsenal. As I see it, Jack’s on loan until the summer when we’ll look at it and Jack will look at it.”
Wilshere was linked with a number of clubs in the summer including AC Milan and AS Roma but opted to move to the South Coast in order to gain match fitness and get minutes on the field.
He has yet to score in a Bournemouth shirt this season, and has just two assists to his name, but Howe believes Wilshere’s overall influence on his team’s style of play makes him an integral member of the first team, and he would be keen to take him in the summer once Wilshere has assessed his options.
The England international will have one year left on his contract at the end of the season and the midfielder has so far refused to comment on whether he has been offered a new deal by the Gunners.