AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso says he’s liked Jack Wilshere’s style ever since coming up against the England international in the Emirates Cup in 2010.
The 26-year-old midfielder was wanted at the San Siro before he joined Bournemouth on loan in the summer of 2016 and similar speculation has again come to the fore with the player stalling on a new deal at the Emirates.
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Wilshere has been offered a contract extension despite his history of injury problems but it’s suggested the player is unhappy with the financial terms in light of pay rises given to teammates.
Asked about Wilshere ahead of this evening’s Europa League last-16 second leg clash between the Gunners and the Rossoneri, Gattuso was very complimentary.
“I remember him when I came here to play a tournament in 2011,” said the Milan coach.
“He isn’t particularly fast, but does have good technique. He can make the ball do the running and knows where to put it. He can play both as a support striker and playmaker.
“Wilshere had a lot of physical problems and is a player I always appreciated, but he’s unusual. He combines English grit with Spanish technique. I like him a lot.”
Wilshere is expected to earn a recall to Gareth Southgate’s England squad for matches with Holland and Italy when it is announced this afternoon. He hasn’t played for his country since the Three Lions’ disastrous exit in Euro 2016 at the hands of Iceland and will no doubt use the boost to strengthen his position in contract talks.