The 28-year-old’s deal was set to expire at the end of the season, but activating an additional 12 months ensures he won’t leave with a free transfer.
Manchester United triggered the option of a one-year extension of Jesse Lingard’s contract, theoretically ensuring that the midfielder could stay at Old Trafford until the summer of 2022.
the England The international’s current deal was set to expire this summer, when the 28-year-old had to look for new opportunities elsewhere after falling out of favor under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
Lingard only played 99 minutes of football out of two Carabao Cup games this season – with just one start against Luton Town – and has struggled to even step on the bench for the vast majority of Premier League games.
Yet following the now usual club procedure, United activated their contract clause to extend their current contract to avoid the possibility of losing him on a free transfer.
It is understood that a possible loan deal in January is under consideration so Lingard can gain more minutes this season and that any extension would have little to no impact on his long-term future with United.
“Jesse is with the club and he’s worked really hard,” Solskjaer said in July, when asked about the playmaker’s position in the Norwegian’s plans.
“He deserves his chance to come back and we know his qualities. We know Jesse has different qualities compared to other players and he knows we value him.
Lingard was recently part of the United squad for their 2-0 victory in the Carabao Cup quarter-final Everton earlier this month, although he failed to make it to the bench again, further prolonging an exodus on the ground by nearly three months.
If the right deal can be made, there remains a possibility that he could leave next month for a short-term move further, with Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo also expecting to be outgoing faces in a relatively calm window.
The teenage winger stayed in Italy for the first half of the current campaign but should finalize its change in the coming weeks, one month after having made its Champions League debut against Midtjylland.