Lingard ‘willing to LEAVE unless he receives assurances he will play regularly’
Jesse Lingard will leave Manchester United if he feels he isn’t going to be playing regularly. He wants to increase his chances of being back in the international fold with England.
United lost the attacking midfielder to injury and sent him out on loan to West Ham. He won many plaudits for his performance last season.
According to the Times Lingard wants regular first-team soccer and could force Old Trafford to leave by the deadline of August 31st to do so.
After returning to Manchester, the 28-year old has performed admirably in pre-season. He scored against Queens Park Rangers while shining against Wayne Rooney’s Derby.
Covid-19 had ruled him out from the club’s Premier League opener against Leeds (5-1), but he returned to the training pitch and scored in a friendly against Burnley.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager of the Red Devils, is currently pondering whether to bring him in against Southampton. However, regular game-time with the Red Devils is not guaranteed despite his excellent pre-season form and performance last season.
Bruno Fernandes, the talisman, prefers a No 10 central role. United has a well-stocked winger position with PS73m signing Jadon Santacho, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, which can be extended to include Paul Pogba.
Lingard would find it difficult to leave the club that he joined 21-years ago. However, Lingard has one year remaining on his contract and is ready to make the move to improve his chances of being back with Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Three Lions boss, John Lingard, brought Lingard into his provisional Euro 2020 team but didn’t pick him for his final 23-man squad. However, Lingard is reported to have been impressed with Lingard’s performance and attitude upon his return to the team.
It is believed that one inquiry was received from Italy for the PS25m-rated star, but there have not been any official bids. West Ham is interested in resigning the player permanently, but they are unwilling to pay the asking cost.
Lingard’s brilliant form at London Stadium saw David Moyes’ Hammers finish 6th, just 2 points behind Champions League football. Lingard scored nine goals and assisted five times in just 16 games.