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Jesse Lingard is ready to ask Manchester United to let him leave in January unless they exercise their option on him before the end of the year, TEAMtalk may reveal.
The England international has sunk the pecking order at United of late. He has yet to start a Premier League match this season. In fact, Lingard only has two League Cup outings to his name so far this season.
Despite his inactivity, the 27-year-old is drawing a lot of interest from Premier League rivals. With his contract set to expire in the summer, United retains a 12-month option on the midfielder. However, unless he expands, Lingard will be able to leave as a free agent for the summer.
The parted ways with super agent Mino Raiola earlier this year.
However, we understand that more than half a dozen high-level clubs are interested in Lingard. He was mentioned as a potential target for Aston Villa last month.while Everton and West Brom have also been linked in the past. Tottenham, led by former United boss José Mourinho, has also been touted as suitors.
We can reveal that Lingard also has interest from abroad with teams from Germany, Spain and Italy interested. Our sources have also told us that both the Celtic giants and the Old Firm Rangers are studying the possibility of taking Lingard north of the border.
However, it remains to be seen if United will use his option to link him to their beloved Red Devils by 2022.
It has become clear to us that Lingard himself has no problem staying and fighting for his place. However, he has made it clear to United bosses that he wants to know within the next month what they intend to do.
For its part, United is weighing whether to let Lingard leave this January or sign him to another 12-month deal. Any option could even be made to extend his deal to protect his valuation in the transfer market. Therefore, the club could look to extend his contract, but still look to get rid of him in the next few windows.
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Lingard opens up to United’s struggles
Lingard’s troubles this season follow a troubled 2019/20 campaign that saw him make just nine Premier League starts.
Discussing his problems earlier this year, Lingard insisted that he wants to fight for his future at United.
“I never wanted to give up,” Lingard posted in Instagram. “He knew who he really was on and off the field.
“Having been there before I knew it might come again. It meant working harder than I’d ever done before. “
In his latest post on social media, Lingard acknowledged the “frustrations” of the fans, but said that his “love for this club and everyone connected to it never left me.”
“This team, this club is my family and I will continue to work harder than ever to help this team achieve its goals,” he added.
Lingard revealed that Solskjaer had told him that he was on his “last chance”. That followed an incident on social media last summer.
“He was not acting and he [Solskjaer] it was on me all the time. He wanted more from me, ”he said.
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