Manchester United star Jesse Lingard has informed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of his desire to stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford next season.
The 28-year-old was loaned to West Ham in January, where he enjoyed a superb run of form, scoring nine goals and five assists in 16 games, and inspiring the Hammers to qualification for the Europa League.
The club are keen to retain Lingard next season by signing him permanently, but after a ‘candid meeting’ with Solskjaer, it appears the forward has other plans.
Lingard told the Red Devils’ boss his preference is to stay at Old Trafford and rebuild his career there, according to The Sun.
However, should he be denied regular first-team opportunities, he is likely to seek an exit.
Lingard has proved he can produce the goods at the highest level, with his performances for West Ham forcing Gareth Southgate to consider recalling him.
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