Manchester United legend David Beckham called Jack Wilshere to offer him advice as the Arsenal midfielder left for a loan move to Bournemouth on Deadline Day.
The former England captain was keen to help the 24-year-old decide on his next step, with Eddie Howe’s side eventually beating the likes of AC Milan and Roma to his signature.
Wilshere decided not to follow in Beckham’s footsteps and make the move abroad, having been keen to link up with Howe at Bournemouth.
According to the Daily Mirror, Beckham was one of a number of high-profile figures to get in touch with Wilshere that day, while Cherries striker Benik Afobe has also been credited with a big role in his decision.
Wilshere is now set to play against AC Milan in a testimonial match for the Cherries, in what will be his first appearance for his new club and the chance of some valuable match fitness after a lack of opportunities at Arsenal.
It was certainly a shocking move given Wilshere’s status at boyhood club Arsenal and his long-held reputation as one of Europe’s outstanding young players.
Wilshere, 24, has an extensive injury record starting back in 2009 when he suffered the first of many serious ankle injuries.
Despite having a minor knee injury in pre-season, Wilshere has recovered to be on the substitute’s bench for each of Arsenal’s three Premier League matches this season.
Even the Arsenal fans were left baffled on Twitter over the news that the England man is leaving the club after all these years.