Jesse Lingard hits back at claims from Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick after failed West Ham and Newcastle moves.
The Lingard saga rumbles on as West Ham and Newcastle fans share his disappointment at moves to either being blocked in the January window.
The midfield ace, who breathed new life into his stagnant career with that sensational loan spell at West Ham last season, was always wanted back at the London Stadium by David Moyes.
Newcastle were serious about signing him too as Eddie Howe looks to keep the Magpies in the Premier League.
Right up until deadline day both West Ham and Newcastle were said to be exploring deals to bring Lingard to their club.
But the window closed and Lingard remained at Man United.
Yesterday Red Devils boss Rangnick explained that Mason Greenwood’s arrest effectively scuppered any chance of letting Lingard leave. That’s despite sanctioning a loan moves for Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial.
Rangnick also stated that Lingard had requested “a couple of days off just to clear up his mind” (The Athletic).
Now Lingard has hit back in a message on social media saying the club in fact told him to take time off and insists he has been nothing but professional.
Jesse Lingard hits back at Ralf Rangnick claims after failed West Ham and Newcastle moves
“The club advised me to have time off due to personal reasons!” Lingard said on Twitter.
“But my headspace is clear and I’ll always be professional when called upon and give 100 per cent.”
Many West Ham and Newcastle fans have mooted the possibility that Lingard could pay up the remainder of his contract – and be reimbursed by the Hammers or Geordies – to allow him to join as a free agent.
But Rangnick’s comments appear to rule out any chance of that as he states that Lingard will be needed as part of the squad due to the Greenwood situation and the fact Martial and van de Beek are out on loan for the rest of the campaign.