February 28, 2024
  • Jesse Lingard remains without a club after leaving Nottingham Forest last year 
  • The forward sacked his agents in a bid to find a new home in the near future 
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Jesse Lingard has spoken out for the first time since sacking his agents after posting a defiant social media post vowing people would eventually understand his decision.

As reported by Mail Sport, former Manchester United forward Lingard dismissed his representatives in his dramatic bid to secure a deal with a new club this year.

He is thought to be frustrated with a number of contract offers failing to develop and has remained a free agent for six months despite past interest from overseas.

 

Lingard last turned out for Nottingham Forest but departed last summer after his one-year deal expired. His last taste of competitive action came in April.

However, the 31-year-old has now taken to Instagram to share a bullish message.

Jesse Lingard has spoken out for the first time since sacking his agents in a bid to find a club

 

Jesse Lingard has spoken out for the first time since sacking his agents in a bid to find a club

Lingard, who played over 200 times for Manchester United, shared a bullish Instagram post

Lingard, who played over 200 times for Manchester United, shared a bullish Instagram post

Sharing an image of himself on the training field, Lingard also added a second picture with a message that read: ‘My focus is different. My time is being invested in growth. I don’t expect people to understand what I’m up to. Eventually, they will.’

The caption for the overall post said: ‘High vibrations and good energy only!’

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According to Sky Sports, Lingard terminated his complex long-term agreement with his agents in order to breathe new life into his stuttering career.

Lingard had been represented by members of his own family but tore up the paperwork on Friday night, with his focus now firmly on finding a new club.

It is said he came close to joining Al-Ettifaq in Saudi Arabia in October, only for the deal to fall through. Lingard was able to build up his fitness with the club, however.

He made 20 appearances during his brief spell with Forest, scoring two goals.

Paul Scholes hit out at Lingard and asked him whether he would continue to ‘f*** about’

Prior to his stint at the City Ground, Lingard enjoyed a superb loan spell at West Ham in 2021 and scored an impressive nine goals in his 16 appearances.

Lingard won the Europa League, FA Cup and the Carabao Cup with Manchester United and played 232 games for the first-team after progressing from the academy.

He has also been handed 32 England caps, the latest of which came in 2021.

Recently, United legend Paul Scholes jokingly hit out at Lingard in his Instagram comments after the winger posted several pictures of himself working out in the gym.

Scholes wrote: ‘Are you just gonna f*** about in the gym or are you gonna actually play football?’ The iconic former midfielder later reacted to a further post of Lingard training on a pitch, commenting: ‘There we go Jess… a ball.’

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