Jesse Lingard: Manchester United contract talks collapse and player believes matter is now closed
By SEAMLESS DAILY
19 November 2021
Jesse Lingard is expected to leave Manchester United after talks over a new contract stalled.
The 28-year-old's representatives are convinced his future lies away from Old Trafford and he will look to leave the club on a free transfer next summer or perhaps even on loan in January, having had a successful spell at West Ham last term.
"I'm not in his contract talks but he gives energy to the group every day.
Lingard went into this season on the back of a successful six-month loan spell at West Ham, where he scored nine goals and made five assists in 16 appearances under former United boss David Moyes.
He will be able to leave as a free agent in the summer and can open talks with foreign clubs from January 1 having already attracted strong interest from Barcelona and AC Milan.
However, the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo late in the summer transfer window has seen United academy graduate Lingard's playing opportunities limited.
England manager Gareth Southgate left Lingard out of his squad for the recent World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino as a result of his lack of game time.
The England forward's existing deal at Old Trafford is due to expire at the end of the season and he can sign a pre-contract agreement with a prospective club in January.
In July, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer assured Lingard he would be in his plans this season, but he has only started one game- the League Cup third-round defeat by West Ham in September.
Lingard, 28, has made eight club appearances this season, scoring twice in five Premier League games, with a move either on loan or a permanent exit in January not ruled out.
During the international break in October, Lingard said he needs "regular football" if he is to achieve his ambition of playing for England at the 2022 World Cup.
United visit Watford in the Premier League on Saturday before they play Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday ahead of a third successive away game at Chelsea on November 28, live on Sky Sports.
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