Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard feels ‘angered and disrespected’ by the club after having a loan move to Newcastle United blocked.
The 29-year-old will be a free agent at the end of the season but is keen to secure a loan move in January and play regularly.
Interim manager Ralf Rangnick is said to have given Lingard his blessing, but a six-month loan to Newcastle is now hanging in the balance due to a ‘sizeable loan fee’ being demanded.
The Telegraph report Lingard is growing disillusioned by his treatment after a two decade association with United.
Lingard spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham United and helped the Hammers into the Europa League.
He was promised regular game time this season by former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but he and his successor Rangnick haven’t made good on that promise.
David Moyes’ side are currently challenging for a place in the Champions League and United see them as direct rivals, meaning a return to the London Stadium is unlikely.
Advances from Tottenham Hotspur have also been rejected for the same reason.
Newcastle are said to be offering £6 million and are willing to pay Lingard’s full wages, but United are holding out for more.
Lingard’s representatives believe the player is being punished for not signing a long-term deal.
He’s featured 14 times in all competitions so far this season, but only made two starts.
Lingard is desperate to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s England plans ahead of this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Donny van de Beek is also eager to secure a move away from Old Trafford this month and Crystal Palace are said to be interested.
United confirmed Anthony Martial’s loan move to Sevilla on Wednesday evening as they continue to trim down their squad.
— Anthony Martial (@AnthonyMartial) January 25, 2022
Rangnick told reporters earlier this month that the squad he’s inherited is too big.
He explained: “When you have a big squad, in the last two games, we had most players available and only 10 field players can play and three substitutes.
“Then you have quite a number of players who don’t even play or not even in the squad. Those players are unhappy about the situation — it’s obvious, clear.
“We have a big squad; maybe a little bit too big of a squad.”
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