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Lingard rejects new Man United contract after snubbing West Ham return


The England international snubbed the chance to return to West Ham over the summer despite the guarantee of chances to play. Lingard was determined to stay at Manchester United and prove his worth to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Lingard is now into the final year of his £100,000-a-week deal at Old Trafford and will be able to leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season if no agreement is found.

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The attacking midfielder has not started a game for Manchester United so far this season but scored twice and laid on an assist in England’s win over Andorra on Sunday.

There have been suggestions of a fresh approach from West Ham in January should the United academy graduate not get the game time he wants, though Vlasic’s form will also play a role in that decision.

Jesse Lingard shone with nine goals and five assists in 16 appearances for West Ham last season

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The 28-year-old wants assurances over game time at his boyhood club, concerned that a lack of opportunities and playing time will impact his place in the England squad ahead of the Qatar World Cup next year.

Asked about the challenge of Lingard keeping his place in the squad going forward, Three Lions manager, Gareth Southgate said: “We know Jesse has a challenge and he knows he has a big challenge with the quality of attacking players at United.

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