Saturday 29 April 2017

Lingard pens new United deal worth £100k a week

Lingard has now signed an agreement keeping him at Old Trafford until June 2021, with the option to extend for a further year. Photo: PA
Lingard has now signed an agreement keeping him at Old Trafford until June 2021, with the option to extend for a further year. Photo: PA

Jamie Holland

Jesse Lingard has signed a new £100,000-a-week contract that will keep him at Manchester United until at least 2021.

With the club since the age of seven, the winger established himself in the first-team under Louis van Gaal last season after several loan spells away from Old Trafford. Lingard ended the campaign by netting the winner in the FA Cup final and this term scored at Wembley in United's Community Shield and EFL Cup triumphs.

The 24-year-old's performances have led to four England appearances and his club to negotiate a new deal, with the academy graduate's contract expiring at the end of next season.

Lingard has now signed an agreement keeping him at Old Trafford until June 2021, with the option to extend for a further year.

"Manchester United has always been a big part of my life," the winger said. "I have been with the club since the age of seven and I feel great pride every time I pull the shirt on. To have scored in two cup finals for my boyhood club were immensely proud moments.

Blossoming "As a team, we have already won a major trophy this season and I look forward to helping us win many more under this great manager. I would like to say a special thank you to the fans for the great support they have always given me and the team."

Lingard has secured his new deal after blossoming late at Old Trafford, having been farmed out on loan to Leicester, Birmingham, Brighton and Derby. Jose Mourinho was delighted to see him put pen to paper.

"Jesse has been with the club since the age of seven," the manager said. "He has good intelligence which, when combined with his energy and ability, makes for a player with a great future."

Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann admits the continued speculation surrounding his future is becoming "quite tiring" as he stressed he sees himself remaining at Atletico Madrid next season.

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The 26-year-old Frenchman has long been linked with a summer move to Manchester United, while Chelsea have also been suggested as potential suitors.

Yesterday, Griezmann was again asked whether he will be an Atleti player beyond this season.

"It's always the same question and I now don't know what to say," he said in quotes published on AS.com. "I find myself repeating myself and I certainly see myself here. I feel it's an answer that I've given so many times now but that very question is quite tiring."

United fans hoping for a sign that Griezmann would be keen on a move to Old Trafford would have been encouraged by the France international's answer to why he wears the number seven jersey.

"My idol was David Beckham and he wore the number seven shirt at United," he explained.

Irish Independent

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