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Wilshere: “It’s obvious owners want to move club forward”

Jack Wilshere has been around long enough to know the score and he senses something big in the air at West Ham.

Speaking at his official unveiling as a Hammer he said: “I think [I sense an air of change at West Ham],”

I think it’s one of the main reasons I came here. With a manager like Manuel, who has won the Premier League, and managed top clubs across Europe.

“Once he was appointed, it was obvious the way the owners wanted the club to move forward, and I wanted to be a part of that.”

“Training is getting better and better,” he confirmed. “The quality, each week, is going up and up. We’ve concentrated a lot on fitness before now but I think we can really start to work on how we want to start the season now.

“I’ve been here now for two weeks and I’m feeling good. I need a few more games but we’ve got a game on Wednesday and then we go away to Austria [to face French club SC Angers and take on German Bundesliga side 1. FSV Mainz in the 2018 Betway Cup] where we can work on our team shape and tactics and get ready for the first Premier League game.

“We’ve added a few new players but we’ve got players who are West Ham through and through. The captain Mark Noble will help players settle in, will help me, and we want to hit the ground running.

“We don’t want to take time to settle in. We’ve got a big game the first game of the season, Liverpool away. It’s one of the most difficult places to go and we need to be ready for that.”

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