October 11, 2022
‘Don’t want to be there’ – Ferdinand claims Spurs target should have left in January – Spurs Web

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Rio Ferdinand has suggested Jesse Lingard doesn’t want to be at Manchester United and the club should have let him go in the January transfer window.

Lingard is now in the final months of his contract with the Red Devils and is expected to become a free agent at the end of the season (TransferMarkt).

As a result, the 29-year-old was a wanted man throughout the winter window, with Tottenham and Newcastle noted as clubs interested in offering him a route out of Old Trafford (Sky Sports).

However, neither team could secure a transfer for the midfielder, who succumbed to a stay at United for the rest of the term.

Lingard has recently been used in a small role by caretaker manager Ralph Rangnick, and his latest cameo in the 4-1 loss to rivals Manchester City left former defender Ferdinand unimpressed.

The former England international believes the midfielder doesn’t want to be at the club and United should have moved him in January.

He said on Vibe with FIVE: “Jesse’s situation… he doesn’t want to be there. As simple as that. Love Man United, but the situation came from not getting a transfer, not having the chance to go somewhere else and play games and start.

“I believe he deserves an opportunity when he came from West Ham. That team wasn’t playing well enough to keep him out, I don’t think. There was no one to say ‘Oh, they’re way better than Jesse’.

“What he did at West Ham, I think he deserved a chance to play because the team weren’t getting crazy numbers.

“Are you gonna play someone like him or just let him go man.

“But there are other things behind the scenes that I’m sure we don’t know about, so it’s hard for us to judge them.”

Lingard has made 19 appearances in total this season, including just one Premier League start scoring twice (Transfermarkt).

Fabrizio Romano revealed last month that people should keep an eye on Paratici and Spurs for a possible summer move from Lingard (FIVE). He said: “And then we’ll keep an eye on Tottenham again because… Fabio Paratici, he likes to move to free agents so could be an opportunity.”

Boosts web opinion

Lingard would have been a really solid option for Antonio Conte and you would expect him to return to form had a move to Tottenham materialized.

Unfortunately, he’s not playing regularly enough to get his form back to where it once was, which has made his position quite pessimistic at the moment.

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