Jesse Lingard ‘splits with agent Mino Raiola less than a year after linking up with him’ as injured midfielder waits to see if Manchester United trigger their option to extend his contract beyond next summer
- Jesse Lingard started a partnership with Mino Raiola in January of this year
- But the Manchester United midfielder and the super-agent have split already
- Lingard has featured just twice for United this season as he struggles with injury
- His contract runs out next year but Utd do have an option to extend until 2022
Jesse Lingard has parted company with super-agent Mino Raiola after working together for just 10 months, according to reports.
Sportsmail revealed in January that the Manchester United midfielder had decided to link up with Raiola as part of a wider strategy from the agent to establish links with more English players.
But ESPN are reporting that Lingard will now be managed by family members and other close associates with the decision thought to be mutual and Raiola – who is the representative of Lingard’s team-mate Paul Pogba – still on good terms with the English midfielder.
Jesse Lingard has parted with agent Mino Raiola after less than a year working together
Super-agent Raiola started a relationship with Lingard in January but that has now ended
The report details that Lingard’s contract, which is due to expire next summer, has an option of a one-year extension in it until 2022 but that has not yet been triggered.
Despite having not featured since September due to a hip injury, United are keen to keep the 27-year-old and want to avoid losing him on a free in 2021.
The player himself is keen to play regular first-team football, with opportunities drying up recently under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but is open to staying at Old Trafford.
Raiola, who is known to have a frosty past with Solskjaer, has been the long-term agent of Pogba, who has regularly been linked with a move away from United.
Raiola has managed the affairs of United’s record signing Paul Pogba for a number of years
Lingard, who featured for England at the 2018 World Cup, was subject of interest from Tottenham and Porto during the summer window.
He featured 40 times in all competitions last season, scoring just once in the Premier League on the final day of the season against Leicester City.
But with the signing of Donny van de Beek in the summer from Ajax, Lingard has seen himself fall further down the pecking order.
Lingard has fallen down the pecking order under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United this season
So far this season, he has played just twice, in EFL Cup wins against Luton and Brighton.
But Solskjaer is hopeful the playmaker will return to full fitness soon having been ruled out of United’s last seven games due to injury.
He has made 209 appearances for the first-team since breaking through from the academy, after making his competitive debut in August 2014.
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