Manchester United launch one-year extension of Jesse Lingard’s contract to ensure midfielder can’t leave for free in summer
- Manchester United have taken the option to extend Jesse Lingard’s contract
- The 28-year-old is not in favor of United, but they do not want him to go for free
- Lingard representatives are exploring the possibility of moving a loan
- He has only appeared twice for United so far this season in a few minutes of fighting
Manchester United have triggered a one-year extension clause in Jesse Lingard’s contract, as reported by Sportsmail last week.
The Old Trafford club was determined to make sure he didn’t leave in the summer in vain and will now look to sell the England international.
Lingard’s contract will expire in 2022, but his future seems to be far from United, because he failed to appear in the Premier League and Champions League this season.
Jesse Lingard’s one-year extension option for his contract was launched by Man United
Lingard could have negotiated with other clubs to sign with them in the summer of 2021 if United had not activated the clause.
The 28-year-old, who was part of the England team that reached the semifinals of the World Cup in 2018, has made only two appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team this season.
Its representatives recently explored the option of a remote loan to gain playing time, with Real Sociedad among the teams previously interested.
Lingard has struggled for United this season, but is working hard on training
The attacking midfielder fell in the order of the Old Trafford knockout and Solskjaer recently revealed that Lingard had to isolate himself on several occasions recently.
“He worked hard in training,” the United boss said. “He was unhappy that he had to isolate himself a few times, to have been in contact or to have a close contact with Covid, he didn’t even have it himself.
“He was very unlucky being a few times away from the training ground. It works a lot.
Lingard could leave on loan, but will not leave with a free transfer unless he leaves in 2022
Despite the fact that his representatives engaged in talks with clubs across Europe and England during the last transfer period, a move away was never made.
Lingard signed his four-year deal with the club in 2017, after growing up through the academy to make more than 200 appearances for United.
The last of his 24 international qualifiers came against Switzerland in June 2019.