Emirates youngster offered bumper deal.
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Jack Wilshere is set to sign a bumper new £20million five-year contract at Arsenal.
Gifted Gunners midfielder Wilshere, 18, is tipped to be England’s next big superstar. He is already in advanced talks with Arsenal about a new deal which will more than TREBLE his current £15,000-a-week wages.
Boss Arsene Wenger is confident that Wilshere will commit to the long “sliding scale” contract which will increase based on success as he grows older.
Wilshere, likely to start on around £50,000-a-week, is into the final two years of his contract.
Clubs are restricted on long-term deals with players until they turn 18 – so Arsenal are determined to tie him down fast.
Wenger, who compared Wilshere to Gunners legend Liam Brady, said: “We are confident we will sign Jack quickly and hope to announce the deal soon.
“Jack has had a great start to the season, in a position where we expected him to come out higher on the pitch. But, basically, it suits him well to play from deep.
“There is a touch of Liam Brady about him. I totally agree with that.
“He is a quiet guy, but it looks like he can handle the pressure well. Where you see that is in the big games, as he wants the ball. So it is natural for him to play.
“He is like Wayne Rooney was at 16 or 17. They have the same confidence about them” (BBC Sport)
This is a deal that Wenger knew he had to get done in order to keep a player who has the footballing world at his feet happy at the north London club. You hear a lot about “The Next Big Thing” and often players are given praise well beyond comprehension but with the 18 year old midfielder it is definitely a case of “Do Believe the Hype”.
The maturity the youngster has shown this term is incredible and the future really is very bright for a player who will be an Arsenal and England stalwart for years to come, so the idea of him being offered such a lucrative deal is further proof that Arsene plans to build a team around the teenager for quite some time.