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Lingard ‘open’ to leaving Manchester United amid Roma and Atletico Madrid interest

Jesse Lingard is said to be ‘open’ to leaving Manchester United amid reported interest from Roma and Atletico Madrid.

The midfielder has endured a difficult period of late and has made just nine Premier League starts so far this season, failing to score or provide a single assist in that time with his last league goal coming in December 2018.

Having helped England to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018 the 27-year-old has struggled to recapture his best form, losing his place in Gareth Southgate’s squad as a result and becoming an increasingly maligned figure at club level.

According to ESPN, the levels of criticism and abuse the midfielder has suffered, particularly on social media, has led to Lingard considering his future with clubs on the continent monitoring his situation.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be keen to keep the player at the club for the long term, though is aware of the criticism aimed at Lingard in recent months as well as off-field family issues he is currently having to contend with.

The academy graduate has 18 months remaining on his current deal, with a one-year option to extend, and there have been informal discussions over a new contract to extend his stay at Old Trafford.

Lingard is believed to want to stay at United, however, having recently hired super-agent Mino Raiola as his new representative, he is considering the possibility of a fresh start with Atletico Madrid and Roma said to be ‘leading the chase’ for his services.

Both Atletico and Roma have had success in securing out-of-favour England stars in recent months, Kieran Trippier having impressed since moving to the former and Lingard’s Manchester United teammate Chris Smalling currently thriving in the Italian capital on loan with Roma.

Lingard could now look at the revitalised fortunes of his former teammates and decide a move abroad may best suit his career at this stage, the midfielder keen to rediscover his best form and regain his England place after a turbulent time of late.

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