Contract talks between Lingard and Man United collapse: What’s next for the player?

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According to recent news, contract talks between Jesse Lingard and Manchester United have collapsed. Following this, the Englishman is expected to leave the club next summer.

The Man United academy graduate went through rough patches in his career. Lingard was considered to be a top-quality player in the past years. However, he has failed to show his calibre in recent years due to less game time. A loan spell at West Ham United last season was his chance at redemption which he truly made use of.

As the loan deal ended, Lingard returned to the club and decided to stay as Ole Gunnar claimed the Englishman was a crucial part of the team. However, the player has only made appearances off the bench. Lingard’s future seems very uncertain and he looks to leave United next summer for free or go on a loan in January.

Lingard and Man United’s sour terms

Jesse Lingard graduated from the Manchester United academy in 2011 after signing a professional contract with the club. The player was only called up to the squad twice before being loaned out to Leicester in 2012. From there, the player went to different clubs on loan including Birmingham, Brighton and Derby County.

The 28-year-old attacking midfielder’s first senior goal for the Premier League team came in 2015 against a 2-0 win West Bromwich Albion. A regular bench-warmer at United, Lingard made a mid-season loan move to West Ham in January 2021. Thus, a shot at redemption came to the player and in 16 appearances for the Hammers in all competitions, the Englishman registered 9 goals and 5 assists. (stats via TRANSFERMARKT)

Under David Moyes, Lingard played in a variety of positions including attacking-mid, centre-forward and left-wing, becoming the team’s best player in the closing stages of the campaign. His presence boosted the team’s confidence and performance, following which the Hammers booked a place in the Europa League.

Lingard’s potential next move!

The 28-year-old midfielder’s exuberant performance also rewarded him with an England call-up this year for the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers. In their game against Adorra, the player scored a brace and even assisted Arsenal‘s Bukayo Saka.

As a result of his late success, the player made a return to Old Trafford in hopes of playing regularly for the club. While a false backing by Ole also did not help with the England international making brief appearances off the bench.

With the contract talks now terminated between the two parties, Lingard’s future is one to look out for. It is believed that Lingard will likely join West Ham on loan again for £10m, where he flourished and presumably revived his career.

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