Jesse Lingard asks for Manchester United favor amid Aston Villa transfer demands
Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has said he needs to “clear his head” after a January move away from Old Trafford failed to materialise.
The former Birmingham City tenant was linked with a move to Villa as well as Newcastle United last month.
The Manchester Evening News has claimed Villa are one of several Premier League clubs ‘watching’ the England international ahead of a possible swoop.
It was Newcastle who came closest to signing the 29-year-old England international, but the mid-season move fell through and Lingard has now asked United caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick for a few days off. leave.
“He’s asked me and the club if we can give him a few days off just to clear his mind and he’ll be back in the squad next Monday, back for training, and part again. of the whole squad,” Rangnick told reporters ahead of the FA Cup clash against Middlesbrough.
Although Lingard has only started two games all season, United are said to be particularly keen to retain the midfielder following Mason Greenwood’s suspension.
The club’s hierarchy reportedly informed Rangnick earlier this week that not only had they failed to “find an agreement” with another Premier League club, but that they would “rather” prefer Lingard to stay put.
“Three weeks ago Jesse didn’t want to leave,” Rangnick added. “Then he changed his mind.
“I had a conversation with him about 10 days ago and I could fully understand why he wanted to leave to get playing time for his future and also for the World Cup.
“I told him at the time, in case he found a club he liked to play for and the club also found a solution with our club, I would let him go and allow him to go.
“But obviously with all the developments we’ve had over the past few days, things have changed a bit.
“On the other hand, we also didn’t have an agreement with another club so at some point we had to make a final decision with the board and we decided to keep Jesse until at the end of the season.”
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