Manchester United stance on Jesse Lingard future

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Jesse Lingard is not expected to hold talks on his Manchester United future until he returns for pre-season training next month.

Lingard, 28, is approaching the final year of his contract and earlier this year thrived during a four-month loan with West Ham, where he scored nine goals in 16 games.

United have received interest in Lingard, who only played three times for his parent club last season and failed to appear in the Premier League before the mid-season switch to West Ham.

Lingard made the matchday squad in just nine of United’s last 33 league games he was available for and the club is working on a deal to sign winger Jadon Sancho this summer.

Despite marginalising Lingard, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has maintained a good relationship with the academy graduate he gave his reserve team debut to and there was genuine delight among club staff at Lingard’s resurgence on loan.

 

Lingard joined the United academy at the age of seven and certain figures at the club would find it a genuine wrench to sanction a permanent transfer this summer.

Paris Saint-Germain have expressed interest in Lingard and signed former United midfielder Ander Herrera on a free transfer in 2019. The Champions League semi-finalists are also expected to recruit Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is out of contract at AC Milan in two weeks.

Lingard was recalled to the England squad for their World Cup qualifiers in March but failed to make the 26-man cut for the European Championship.

United are interested in Lingard’s West Ham teammate Declan Rice but a player-plus-swap deal seems unlikely, with Rice contracted to The Hammers until 2024 and valued at £90million.

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