Lingard thrilled to have Ronaldo back at Man Utd
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Jesse Lingard is set to be issued with a transfer ultimatum by Manchester United unless he agrees to pen a new deal at Old Trafford. Lingard is now in the final 12 months of his current contract and has so far refused to ink a new agreement.
Lingard has struggled to nail down a regular spot in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team this term after enjoying a fruitful six-month loan spell at West Ham last season.
The England ace netted nine goals in 16 Premier League appearances for the Hammers and has impressed for United during his cameo appearances.
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It was expected that the 28-year-old would depart the club permanently this summer following the £73million arrival of Jadon Sancho, but Lingard elected to stay and fight for a regular role at the club he’s been associated with for over 20 years.
However, that long-stay could be cut short regardless unless a new deal is struck.
According to The Sun, Lingard will be offloaded for a cut-price £15m in the New Year if he and the club fail to agree on fresh terms.
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The report goes on to state that Lingard has been offered a new £135,000-a-week deal, which represents a healthy increase on his current contract. But the United academy graduate wants assurances over regular minutes before committing his future to United.
It’s unclear if Solskjaer will be able to offer that to Lingard considering United’s bloated rank of attacking talent.
And that could leave Lingard on the market in January for a fee substantially lower than the £25m that United had quoted to his suitors this past summer.
West Ham were keen on striking a permanent deal for Lingard this summer, whilst Newcastle United have also been linked with a move for the winger following their £305m takeover this week.
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Lingard has continued to impress on England duty, netting a brace in last month’s 4-0 World Cup qualifying win over Andorra.
He’s also managed to grab two Premier League goals for United despite having limited minutes – something that he’s backed himself to change over the coming weeks.
“If I keep performing well and doing well you never know what might happen,” Lingard said ahead of England duty. “So I keep confident in myself and when I get time on the pitch I’ve got to carry on doing what I’m doing.
“You want to start games. When I’m a sub I’m always ready to play. I’m always ready to be needed when I’m called up.
“It’s one of those things I’m going through at the moment but I think on recent performances hopefully we’ll see a change in the next few weeks.”
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