Jesse Lingard wants to leave Manchester United in January after abandoning contract negotiations with the club.
Lingard rejected United’s offer in October, which is believed to have been worth less than his current deal at Old Trafford, and the 28-year-old has no plans to reopen negotiations.
Lingard would prefer to rent out again in January – after having a successful stay at West Ham in the second half of last season – and then end a 22-year deal with United when his contract expires at the end of June.
Jesse Lingard wants to leave Manchester United and is looking for a loan in early January
Lingard has only months left of his current deal and has declined negotiations to sign a new one
An exit would end a 22-year deal with the Red Devils, but Lingard wants regular football
He will be able to leave as a free agent this summer and can start talks with foreign clubs from January 1, who have already attracted great interest from Barcelona and AC Milan. A representative from Lingard’s camp is believed to have traveled to Spain to talk to clubs last week.
United turned down inquiries from six teams last summer, and Lingard stayed at Old Trafford after receiving assurances of more playing time from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
However, he has only got a single start – in the Carabao Cup against West Ham in September – and spent more time on the pitch for England than he has for United.
Lingard’s options have been limited by the summer acquisitions of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho, and he is said to be particularly upset that Daniel James was selected ahead of him at the start of the season, even though the Welsh winger was joining Leeds United for 30 million pounds.
Lingard has been offered some playing time under Ole Gunnar Solskjær – despite his promises
Lingard has scored twice in his five Premier League appearances as a substitute during this period and continues the impressive form that brought nine goals and six assists in 16 league games for West Ham.
He was to blame when United conceded a late goal for the Young Boys in the Champions League, but rectified it by coming up with Ronaldo’s winner in the next Group F match against Villarreal.
However, the lack of playing time for United – 154 minutes in total against 169 minutes for England – cost him a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the recent World Cup qualifiers against Albania and San Marino.
Lingard is desperate to play in Qatar 2022 after missing the European Championships, and has come to the conclusion that it is the only option to leave United in search of regular first-team football.
The 28-year-old midfielder is desperate to play in Qatar 2022 after missing the European Championships
Meanwhile, Spain’s anti-violence commission has designated United’s Champions League return with Villarreal on Tuesday as ‘high risk’.
Extra police are drawn in from Valencia for the showdown between the two best teams in the group, which also met in last season’s Europa League final in Gdansk.
United were fined £ 7,050 by UEFA after their supporters threw objects and invaded the pitch in the first match at Old Trafford, and Villarreal’s Estadio de la Ceramica with 23,500 seats is sold out.