Jesse Lingard’s future at Manchester United is apparently set to be safeguarded until 2021, with a pay packet worth over three times what he currently takes home.
The Sun’s Neil Custis reports that Lingard’s performances lately have done enough to convince Jose Mourinho that he’s part of his plans at Old Trafford, and the Warrington lad will be rewarded with a £95,000-a-week contract.
The paperwork has the option of an additional year after 2021 written into it, and ends the contract standoff from December.
The deal would mark quite the pay rise from the £30,000 that currently hits the 24-year-old’s bank account on Fridays, and reflects the esteem the winger is held in at United after 17 appearances this season. The contract that is set for the shredder had 18 months remaining on it.
It took the United academy graduate some time to make an impression in first-team matters, taking in loan stays at Leicester City, Birmingham City, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Derby County before making his competitive debut for the Red Devils under Louis van Gaal on the opening day of the 2014-15 season.
He has since earned regular starting berths for United, and this season has revived his friendship with former youth-teamer Paul Pogba after his world-record transfer from Juventus in the summer.
United is 10 points short of table-topping Chelsea ahead of Sunday’s visit from hated Merseyside rival and fellow title-chaser Liverpool.