Jesse Lingard has turned down fresh contract terms from Man United.
Manchester United have themselves a genuine Jesse Lingard issue that they have to sort out sooner rather than later.
It looked for all the world like the Englishman would leave permanently. In the end, though, no club would be willing to stump up United’s asking price.
That leaves Lingard back at Old Trafford, no doubt on the fringes of the starting eleven – exactly where he was when he left for West Ham United on loan.
Well, United are keen to protect their asset and they offered a new deal to Lingard. However, according to ESPN, that offer has been turned down…
The £75k-a-week (Spotrac) United star has rejected the contract offer, meaning he can leave for free next summer if no new deal is agreed.
Before Lingard commits, he wants assurances in regards to his first-team prospects, which does make sense.
After all, not too long ago he was unhappy because the minutes weren’t there for him. Obviously, he doesn’t want lightning to strike twice in that regard.
Lingard has since turned down an official approach from the club and he’ll wait to see how things play out. As of right now, this tells me that he’ll be leaving on the cheap in January – or walking away for nothing in about nine months’ time.
Lingard’s main reasoning behind the refusal to sign is that he wants to keep his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad, and the only way that’ll happen is if he’s playing regularly.
I understand where United are coming from as they want Lingard’s value to remain high, but you get the feeling this club will never learn when it comes to overpaying for squad players. Phil Jones and Andreas Pereira are prime examples of that. Those two are still burning a deep hole in United’s pocket despite being nowhere near good enough for the first team.
In the end, I just want Lingard to be happy. He’s been a wonderful player for this club and it’s time to thank him for that and let him play his football elsewhere.
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