Arsenal will not let interest from Manchester City interrupt their plans to hold contract talks with Jack Wilshere at some point next season, reports The Telegraph.
Arsene Wenger will refuse any offer the Citizens happen to make for Wilshere this summer, but will not bow to pressure by bringing planned contract talks forward.
The England international still has three-years left on his current £50,000-a-week deal and it is believed the new offer will take him towards the £100,000-a-week mark alongside Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey.
Manchester City are attempting to dislodged those planned contract talks by leaking their interest to the press. It was reported that Manuel Pellegrini was planning a £40m bid if attempts to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus failed.
Interest from the Etihad may have convinced Arsenal to fast track the improved offer for Wilshere but the reliable Telegraph journalist Jeremy Wilson is claiming that plans remain as they are.
Wanting to be wanted
It means Wilshere will have to wait until midway through next season before becoming one of Arsenal's highest earners and will also have to bide his time before getting the gratification he is searching for.
"I’ve grown up at Arsenal, I’m a homegrown player and, as long as Arsenal want me, then I’m happy”
The 23-year-old recently stated that he would be happy to stay at Arsenal, but wanted to feel wanted by the club he has been with for the past 15 years.
He is quoted in the above report as saying: “I’d want to be wanted by a club. I want to be wanted by Arsenal. I’ve grown up at Arsenal, I’m a homegrown player and, as long as Arsenal want me, then I’m happy.”
While Wenger would be showing tremendous faith in Wilshere by rejecting a £40m offer from Manchester City, his refusal to offer him a new deal now shows their may be a shadow of doubt creeping into the Frenchman's thinking.
Wilshere thoroughly impressed towards the end of the season with a great goal against West Brom as well as two tremendous strikes for England against Slovenia.
Wenger was not the only one left impressed by Wilshere's fine end-of-season form, but 2014/15 will go down as another disappointing spell for the midfielder.
He suffered another serious ankle injury that kept him out for four months while his attitude was called into question after he was photographed holding a shisha pipe.
While Wenger still seems to believe that Wilshere is one of England's finest young players, he may want to see him win back his place in the starting line-up and prove his fitness before committing to a long-term £100,000-a-week deal.
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