Jack Wilshere has piled praise on Arsenal youngster Charlie Patino after the ex-England ace linked back up with the Gunners.
Wilshere has been training with Mikel Arteta's side to maintain his fitness while he searches for a new club.
The 29-year-old has also been working on his coaching badges alongside his fitness work at Hale End.
Returning to Arsenal training has allowed Wilshere to witness Patino, who has been hailed by many as 'the next Wilshere', up close over the past week.
And the ex-West Ham and Bournemouth midfielder was quick to talk up the 17-year-old when quizzed on the Gunners starlet.
“I know him. I’ve seen him play and he’s a good player,” Wilshere told PA when asked about Patino.
“He’s obviously really young still and got a lot of developing to do but he’s definitely one who everyone at the training ground is talking about.
“The first-team players know who he is and he is a good player and one for the future for sure.”
The hype around Patino has been growing at the Emirates this year, and it had seemed as though the wonderkid was set to make his senior debut in last month's Carabao Cup win over AFC Wimbledon – only for Arteta to decide against using the teenager.
But it appears that Patino is poised to break into Arteta's squad sooner rather than later.
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Last month, Gunners scout Sean O'Connor, who discovered both Wilshere and Patino, declared that Patino was "the best" he'd ever seen when spotting talent for the Londoners.
Wilshere has also backed the youngster to make the grade, and admitted he does see similarities between the pair.
“Yes, there are some similarities," the midfielder added.
“There are quite a few but he is a different player as well and I think it is important people see him for who he is rather than say: ‘oh he is the next Jack Wilshere’.
“He has certainly got some qualities I didn’t have and there are things he needs to work on but he is going to make a name for himself in the future.”
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Despite doing his coaching badges along with training, Wilshere has insisted that he is focusing on a return to playing rather coaching right now.
"At the moment I am doing my coaching badges and the club is helping me with them and I am helping some of the Academy kids out as well," Wilshere told Sky Sports.
'It is certainly something I enjoy and maybe something to look at in the future but for now I still want to play.
"I feel like I still have a lot to give and something to prove which is why I don't want to finish playing now and start a coaching career just yet."
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