Manchester United star Jesse Lingard is going to discuss his future at the club with manager Louis van Gaal when he returns from the European Under 21’s Championships, reports the Daily Star.
The 22-year-old made his debut for the Red Devils in the Dutchman’s first Premier League game last season but suffered a knee injury that kept him out for a large part of the campaign in the match. In January he joined Derby County on loan, playing 15 games and scoring twice for the Rams.
The youngster is now a target for Newcastle United, but he wants to see what his situation at Old Trafford is before making any decision about becoming Steve McLaren’s first signing with the Magpies. Clearly highly rated by the United hierarchy after being trusted in the first game last time round before injury, this may be a smart move.
He said: “I’m looking to stay at Man United and get some games under my belt there. I’ll see what the boss says when I get back. I’ve always wanted to play for Man United and that’s still my ambition.
“I was unlucky to get injured at the start of last season, and I’ll never know where I would be know if I hadn’t got that injury.”
Although playing his one senior United game at left wing-back, the former Leicester City loanee is naturally an attacking midfielder. He showed his attacking ability with a great strike for England Under 21’s just last week, and surely van Gaal will want to keep a player around who can do this…