Jack Wilshere insists he does not want to think about contract talks with Arsenal as he considers himself a Bournemouth player.
Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal plan to offer Wilshere a new deal in December, with the midfielder’s current contract only having another two seasons left to run.
However, the England international says he just wants to focus on getting back to his best on loan at Bournemouth after a couple of injury-plagued campaigns.
When asked about Wenger’s comments, Wilshere replied: “I don’t really want to talk about that at the moment.
“I’ve come here and I just want to get as many games as possible. I’m a Bournemouth player now in my head. I want to help Bournemouth get as high up the league and possible and also for myself I want to play 25 or 30 games this year. So I’m not really thinking about contracts or anything.
“I’m taking each game as it comes and working hard at training and in the gym to give myself the best opportunity I can at the weekend.”
Wilshere is intent on embracing life on the south coast and has moved out of the capital as he attempts to integrate into life at his new club.
“I’m not going to stay in London and travel down every day, you know two hours, that wouldn’t be fair on myself or the team because I am trying to give myself the best opportunity to play week in and week out,” he said. “So I’m in a hotel at the minute and I’m looking for a place.”
Wilshere made his Cherries debut on Saturday, looking lively after coming off the bench just after the hour mark.
The 24-year-old rejected offers from AC Milan and Roma to join Eddie Howe’s outfit as he missed the “fight” of the Premier League after making only five top flight appearances in the last two seasons.
“At the end of the day the decision was down to me and it was best for my career,” he added. “I could have sat at Arsenal and just come on now and then. I spoke with the manager and he said that I could play but that ‘I can’t promise it you now’.
“But that wasn’t good enough for me, I want to play week in and week out. I’m at the stage of my career where I need to play week in and week out. I’ve come here and Bournemouth have given me the opportunity to do that, and in the Premier League so I’m just looking forward to the challenge.”