Manchester United trigger year-long contract extension for Jesse Lingard

Manchester United trigger year-long contract extension for Jesse Lingard to ensure midfielder cannot leave for free this summer

  • Manchester United opted to extend Jesse Lingard’s contract
  • The 28-year-old is not in favor of United but they don’t want him to go for free
  • Lingard representatives explore the possibility of a loan move
  • He has only appeared twice for United so far this season in combat for a few minutes

Manchester United have triggered the one-year extension clause in Jesse Lingard’s contract, as Sportsmail reported last week.

The Old Trafford club were determined to make sure he didn’t go for nothing this summer and will now look to sell the England international.

Lingard’s contract will expire in 2022, but his future appears to be far away from United, having not been to the Premier League and Champions League this season.

Jesse Lingard's one-year extension option on his contract was triggered by Man United

Jesse Lingard’s one-year extension option on his contract was triggered 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 squad that reached the World Cup semi-finals in 2018, has only made two appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this season.

Its representatives recently explored the option of a loan to save playing time, with Real Sociedad among the teams previously interested.

Lingard has barely played for United this season but works hard in training

Lingard has barely played for United this season but works hard in training

The attacking midfielder has dropped down the pecking order at Old Trafford and Solskjaer recently revealed Lingard has had to isolate himself on more than one occasion recently.

“He works hard in training,” said the United boss. “ He was unhappy that he had to self-isolate several times, to have been in contact or in close contact with Covid, without even having it himself.

“ It has been very unlucky to be absent from the training ground on several occasions. He works really hard.

Lingard could leave on loan but won't leave with a free transfer unless he leaves in 2022

Lingard could leave on loan but won’t leave with a free transfer unless he leaves in 2022

Although its representatives engaged in talks with clubs across Europe and England during the last transfer window, a move never materialized.

Lingard signed his four-year contract with the club in 2017 after coming through the academy to make more than 200 appearances for United.

The last of his 24 international caps took place against Switzerland in June 2019.

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