Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard is reportedly stalling on a new contract. The 28 year old is said to have rejected Man Utd’s first offer as he has given certain conditions for a new contract.
This is according to The Athletic who are reporting that though there are multiple factors behind Lingard’s decision with a promise of game-time ranking highly. The Englishman wants to feature regularly and it remains to be seen if such a role, that is, impacting games off the bench would be sufficient for him.
Sources say general rules of negotiation are also a factor, that is, in terms of never accepting the opening proposal and the idea of getting a better deal elsewhere as a free agent is a further consideration for Lingard.
Jesse Lingard enjoyed a brilliant career rejuvenation in the second half of last season on loan at West Ham and after returning to Man Utd for the new season, the 28 year old decided to remain at the club amidst strong interest from West Ham.
Lingard played a pivotal role in United’s 2-1 win over West Ham on Sunday as he came off the bench to net a late winner. The midfielder’s contract expires at the end of the season but he still remains in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans as the Man Utd manager is one of those holding firm on him remaining at the club.