Jesse Lingard has seen his Manchester United contract extended until the summer of 2022, with the club triggering a year-long exention in his deal.
The England international’s contract was due to expire at the end of the season, but despite barely featuring so far this campaign, the Red Devils have decided to take up their option to extend it by another 12 months.
It would appear that the club has done so in order to guarantee a transfer fee for him either in January or in the summer, rather than allow him to leave for free at the end of the current campaign.
The 28year-old has fallen a long way down the pecking order at Old Trafford under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, not making a single Premier League appearance so far this season and only making it onto the substitutes’ bench three times.
He has been limited to just two Carabao Cup appearances, with only one of those being from that start, with Solskjaer completely losing faith in him either in midfield or as part of the front three.
Solskjaer has attempted to downplay any rift with the player and insists that his absence has been down to injury and multiple isolation periods during the Covid-19 crisis, rather than simply being dropped.
‘He’s been working hard in training,’ said Solskjaer. ‘He’s been unfortunate with having to isolate a few times, been in contact, or close contact with Covid, not even having it himself.
‘He’s been very unlucky being away from the training ground a few times. He works really hard.’
Nevertheless, it is not expected that Lingard will still be a Manchester United player next season.