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JESSE LINGARD REJECTS NEW MAN UNITED CONTRACT

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Farouq Oduola A.

Jesse Lingard has reportedly turned down a new deal with Manchester United because he wants assurances about his first-team chances at Old Trafford, according to sources.

Lingard is in the final year of his contract with the club and has been offered new terms to extend his stay. However, the England international forward has turned down United’s initial approach, preferring to wait until he is given regular playing time before deciding on his future.

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If a new deal cannot be reached with United, Lingard, who has made over 200 professional appearances after coming through the academy, will be eligible to leave as a free agent at the conclusion of the season and begin speaking with clubs outside of England in January.

The 28-year-old is determined to keep his spot in Gareth Southgate’s England side ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He lost out on a place in the Euro 2020 squad by a whisker as England advanced to the final, but he was back in the lineup for the 4-0 triumph over Andorra on Sunday, scoring twice and adding an assist.

Lingard has battled for playing time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United, but he made an impression on loan at West Ham United last season. He scored nine goals in just 16 games after joining on a temporary basis in January, winning both the Premier League player of the month and Premier League goal of the month honours for April.

After the additions of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo, the English player, who has only appeared as a substitute for United this season, is facing increasing competition for a starting spot at Old Trafford this season. Daniel James, a winger, signed a £30 million deal with Leeds United on deadline day.

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