Jack Wilshere may still only be 25 years of age, but the Arsenal midfielder is seemingly already making plans for the long-term future.
Having been dogged by injuries throughout his playing career which have undoubtedly held him back from reaching his full potential and being a key figure for club and country, Wilshere is now facing a battle to earn a new contract.
With his current deal set to expire at the end of this season, he will have to prove himself to Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, that not only is he capable of delivering at the highest level on a consistent basis, but that he can put his injury woes behind him and stay fit.
That aside though, the Evening Standard report on how he’s already working to secure his UEFA B coaching badge and will continue to work towards obtaining his A license to coach youth sides and beyond alongside Per Mertesacker who will take the role of academy chief at the club at the end of this season when he retires.
The injuries will undoubtedly have taken their toll and have arguably reduced the number of years that Wilshere may stay involved as a player, although given modern-day treatment and facilities, he’ll hope to play on for a number of years yet.
In turn, that’s what makes this so sensible on his part. As noted in the report, he wants to get straight into something once his playing days come to an end and it sounds as though he’s well on the way having started working on his coaching badges last season during his loan spell with Bournemouth.
Meanwhile, the more immediate question to be answered is where his long-term future as a player is. As per The Daily Mail, both Chelsea and Manchester City are said to be preparing a swoop for the England ace at the end of the season.
It’s surely a no-brainer for Arsenal though, as following his impressive performances in the Europa League over the last month or so, if he can stay fit, he’s showing more than enough to be an important part of Wenger’s squad moving forward. Perhaps there could be a coaching position for him at the Emirates further down the line too if he is able to earn a new deal in north London.