Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard doesn’t see a future for himself at the club and will ask to leave Old Trafford this summer. The England international joined West Ham on loan in January and the Hammers are desperate to sign him on a permanent basis after an impressive spell at the London Stadium, which has seen Lingard score nine goals in 11 matches for the club. The Hammers tried to install a right-to-buy clause in Lingard’s contract in January but the Red Devils felt the £15m clause was too low and that the midfielder’s value would rocket if he impressed in east London. Given Lingard’s form, there has been talk that the 28-year-old could return to Old Trafford next season to fight it out for a spot in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
But Eurosport claim the playmaker has decided to leave his boyhood club as he wants regular first team football and he was ‘unimpressed’ by Solskjaer’s lack of faith in him. The Red Devils will bide their time over Lingard’s future, despite the fact that he will have one year to run on his deal by the time the season finishes.
United know the interest in Lingard is significant and that West Ham are far from the only interested party. Inter Milan, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain are all said to be interested in Lingard and the playmaker will have a decision to make over who he joins. However, after a difficult 18 months on and off the pitch, Lingard feels happy at West Ham and is thankful for the faith David Moyes has shown in him.