Manchester United WILL trigger 12-month extension in Jesse Lingard’s contract to ensure he does not leave for nothing this summer… despite midfielder not seeing a SINGLE minute of Premier League action this season
- Manchester United will take up their option to extend Jesse Lingard’s contract
- The 28-year-old is not in favour at United but they do not want him gone for free
- He could still leave in January and has lots of suitors in England and in Europe
Manchester United will extend Jesse Lingard’s contract to ensure the midfielder cannot leave for nothing in 2021.
As it stands, the 28-year-old’s current deal expires at the end of the season meaning he can negotiate with overseas clubs from next week with a view to signing a pre-contract agreement for the 2021-22 campaign.
However, the four-year deal that Lingard signed in 2017 included an option for it to be extended for a further 12 months, which United are expected to exercise in the coming days.
Jesse Lingard is set to see his Manchester United contract extended by the club for 12 months
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not used Lingard in the Premier League at all in the 2020-21 season
The Warrington-born player has risen through the academy to make more than 200 appearances for United, winning the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League along the way.
However, although he will not be allowed to leave on a free, the midfielder’s long-term future at Old Trafford is still unclear.
Lingard is attracting plenty of interest from across the Premier League and Europe as he considers his future heading into the January transfer window.
Lingard (left) was an unused substitute as Manchester United beat Everton on Wednesday
Lingard has featured just twice for Manchester United this season – both in the League Cup
The midfielder, who was one of England’s key players in their run to the World Cup semi-final in 2018, has made just two appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team this season — both coming in the Carabao Cup.
The last of his 24 caps was against Switzerland in June 2019.
The contract extension could open up the possibility of United loaning out Lingard when the window reopens next Friday with a view to taking a definitive decision on his long-term future at the end of the season.
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