Jesse Lingard has left the door open for a sensational return to West Ham United in an interview with Jamie Redknapp.
After lighting up the Premier League with West Ham after two years in the Manchester United wilderness, Lingard was widely expected to sign for the Hammers permanently in the summer.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer publicly stated the 28-year-old was part of his plans and Lingard seemed set to stay at Old Trafford.
Fresh speculation over Lingard return to West Ham after agent and brother responds on social media
There has been renewed speculation that Lingard could now perform a U-turn and rejoin West Ham after a claim from insider ExWHUemployee.
It came after Lingard’s brother and agent Louie Scott posted a ticking clock in response to a West Ham account’s plea for the Hammers hero to return to the London Stadium on social media.
Lingard leaves door open for Hammers return during interview with Jamie Redknapp
Now Lingard has done an interview with Jamie Redknapp – son of former West Ham player and manager Harry.
And he appeared to leave the door open on the possibility of coming back to east London (The Daily Mail).
“I’ve got friends who support West Ham and when I told them I was speaking to you, they said, ‘Put a good word in, Jamie’. So this is me doing that,” Redknapp said to Lingard for The Daily Mail.
“(laughs) It worked out perfectly,” Lingard responded.
‘I’m in the driving seat’
“I couldn’t have asked for a better loan. I’ll always support West Ham. They’ll stay in my heart and I’ll retain that bond with them.
“No chance of a cheeky return to Stratford?” Redknapp added.
“We’ve not heard anything,” Louie Scott interjects.
“We’re just sitting tight. Making a rash decision right now would be very silly.”
“One hundred per cent,” Lingard said.
“I’m not going to rush into anything. What comes will come. I feel like I’m in the driving seat. I’m happy.”
Lingard feels like he is in the driving seat. So let’s just hope the car is heading for the London Stadium.