Jesse Lingard signs new Manchester United contract until 2021

Nick Howson
International Business Times
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Manchester United winger Jesse Lingard has signed a three-year contract extension, with the option of an additional year, keeping him at Old Trafford until 2021. The England international confirmed last month that talks were underway regarding a new deal, which is understood to be worth £100,000-per-week according to The Times and was due to expire in 2018.

The 24-year-old has made 29 appearances under Jose Mourinho this season, scoring five times including in both of the club's appearances at Wembley against Leicester City in the Community Shield and Southampton in the English Football League Cup final. The efforts follow netting the winning goal in the FA Cup final at the end of the 2015-16 season.

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Lingard has been restricted to just 12 Premier League starts this season but has begun the last three in a row including the 1-1 draw with Everton on Tuesday [4 April]. He is set to play a central role in United's hopes of qualifying for next season's Champions League, with a top four place or victory in the Europa League assuring the club of a return to the continent's premier club competition.

"Manchester United has always been a big part of my life," he said, upon confirmation of the deal. "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.

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Jesse Lingard
Jesse Lingard

"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."

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After joining United in 2000 as an academy player, Lingard had to wait for his first team opportunity. Following loan spells at Leicester, Birmingham City and Brighton and Hove Albion he made his competitive United debut in Louis van Gaal's first game in charge against Swansea City in August 2015. A spell out injured followed before he joined Derby County on loan, though since returning from Pride Park he has become a integral member of the first team squad.

On the deal, manager Mourinho added: "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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