Manchester United triggered the one-year extension clause in Jesse Lingard’s contract, blocking the England international at the club until the summer of 2022.
Lingard has managed just two appearances all season for United, both in the EFL Cup, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have moved on without the need for an attacking midfielder.
Lingard was keen to open a new chapter after losing his place in the United squad. After talking to various clubs across Europe last summer, nothing concrete has come to fruition, despite interest from Real Sociedad.
The 28-year-old has had his contract extended, Sky Sports confirmed on Thursday, to ensure he doesn’t leave United for free at the end of June 2021, and that allows United to sell the academy graduate for a fee. fees if they close a deal in the upcoming transfer windows.
Having yet to select him for a Premier League or Champions League game this quarter, Solskjaer recently revealed that the United striker has been forced to self-isolate on several occasions due to close contact with people who had contracted coronavirus.
“He was unfortunate that he had to self-isolate a few times, to have been in contact or in close contact with Covid, without even having it himself,” Solskjaer said. “It has been very unlucky to be absent from the training ground a few times. He works very hard. ”
With United since the age of seven, Lingard has scored important goals over the years, but has never quite managed to reach the heights his career once promised to produce.
In 2017/18 he recorded his best goal year for United, managing 13 in all competitions. However, with the arrival of chic Bruno Fernandes and others, there were few opportunities for the 24-time-selected England international to regain his place in the starting XI.