Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has committed his long-term future to his boyhood club with a four-year contract to 2021, with the option of a further year.
Sky Sports journalist Kaveh Solhekol and excitable anchor Jim White stated via Twitter earlier on Thursday afternoon that that Lingard will now be earning £100,000-per-week, though no figures were released by the club when it was made official at around 6pm UK time.
Told Jesse Lingard has agreed to sign new Manchester United contract. 4-year deal. Wages will treble to about £100,000 a week
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) April 6, 2017
Lingard, who spent time at loan at four different Championship clubs before finally becoming an established part of the United first-team in late 2015, was thought to be on weekly wages of £30,000-£35,000 in his existing deal that was due to run until 2018.
An FA Youth Cup winner in 2011, the 24-year-old is close friends with both Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford. And while not a regular starter, he is an invaluable member of the squad.
Lingard has developed a penchant for scoring at Wembley, netting in the Community Shield against Leicester in August, three months after grabbing a sensational winner against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final.
Upon signing the new deal, he said: “Manchester United has always been a big part of my life. I have been with the club since the age of seven and I feel great pride every time I pull the shirt on. To have scored in two cup finals for my boyhood club were immensely proud moments for me and my family.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 6, 2017
"As a team, we have already won a major trophy this season and I look forward to helping us win many more under this great manager. I would like to say a special thank you to the fans for the great support they have always given me and the team.”
Manager Jose Mourinho said: "Jesse has been with the club since the age of seven. He has good intelligence which, when combined with his energy and ability, makes for a player with a great future ahead of him. Jesse is a popular member of the squad and I am delighted he has signed a new contract."
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