Jesse Lingard has finally spoken out for himself over his future and it appears to be great news for West Ham United.
Many West Ham fans were devastated to hear Lingard wanted to stay and fight for his place at Manchester United in a recent report from The Sun.
Hammers insider ExWHUemployee backed up those claims with his own Lingard update claiming the midfield ace now looked more likely to stay at Man United than sign for West Ham.
That was the latest loop in a rollercoaster of emotions for West Ham fans after ExWHUemployee had previously revealed that Lingard had been telling his Hammers teammates he wanted to sign permanently.
Lingard finally speaks out on future and it’s great news for West Ham
Now the player himself has finally spoken about his future for the first time since the end of his Hammers loan move (Sky Sports).
And it appears to surely be great news for David Moyes and West Ham as the 28-year-old insists the most important thing for him is game time – something he will not be getting at Manchester United.
“Regular football is the most important thing for me,” Lingard told Sky Sports.
‘I’ve never doubted my ability’
“After going on loan and getting a good run in the team, you started to see the real me, with the goals and the assists.
“I’ve never doubted my ability, I’ve always believed in myself. I spoke to the manager (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) in pre-season and said, ‘I need game time’.
“He said, ‘we can discuss it December time’, and we spoke again and he agreed to let me go on loan.
“I had various conversations with him during my time at West Ham. He was very supportive and it was a great loan for me.”
No change to Lingard prospects at Man United so West Ham must get a deal done
Now it is over to David Sullivan and David Gold to get a deal sorted with Man United for the midfield ace.
Because if Lingard was an outcast last season with eight or nine players ahead of him in various positions then it is only going to get worse with Man United said to be close to agreeing a deal with Borussia Dortmund for Jadon Sancho.
Man United are also being linked with Erling Haaland and Harry Kane among others.
That’s not to say West Ham is the only place where Lingard would get guaranteed game time. But given his experience with the Hammers it surely puts the east Londoners in pole position.