Jack Wilshere will speak to legendary Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger before moving to a new club after leaving West Ham.
The former England midfielder has revealed his frustration at being overlooked by the Hammers, and said he wants to return to playing at the top level again.
Wilshere is a free agent after West Ham agreed to terminate his contract earlier this month.
He has played for the club just 19 times after making the move to east London two years ago, with his career having been blighted by a series of lengthy injury absences.
Wilshere was tipped for big things after making his Arsenal debut under Wenger aged just 16, and he is still in contact with the Frenchman.
And the 28-year-old will seek his former mentor’s advice before deciding on his next move.
“I spoke to Arsene when we were negotiating everything with West Ham and he was helpful,” Wilshere told the BBC.
“When the time is right, as and when I have some options, where they are and what would be best for me, he would probably be the one I would call, yes.”
Before being released, Wilshere had played just once for West Ham this season – in a Carabao Cup win over Hull City.
He said: “Last season, when I came back after lockdown, having worked so hard to get back to a good level of fitness and was training every day, it just didn’t feel like my opportunity was ever going to come. And, of course, it didn’t.
“But when we came back for pre-season, it was the same again. I thought everyone would be given a fresh chance and a clean slate to impress but it never happened for me.”
The midfielder, who has 34 caps for England, is free to join any club having had his contract terminated before the end of the transfer window – and he says he has a lot more to give.
“People forget I am 28,” says Wilshere, who made 198 appearances for Arsenal. “Everyone thinks I am 30 or 31, probably because I started when I was 16. That is 12 years ago, which is a long time in football.
“I have been fully fit for a while but without games you don’t get up to speed or get the minutes you need.
“In a year’s time, I would like to have 20-25 games behind me at a new club and be looking forward to the future.
“I feel I have much more to give. I just want to be given the opportunity to show it.”