Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard “will want to leave” the club this summer amid his links to West Ham, Gabriel Agbonlahor has suggested.
After falling down the pecking order at Old Trafford, Lingard joined West Ham on loan for the second half of last season.
The Englishman shone for the Hammers as he grabbed nine goals and four assists from his 16 outings in the Premier League.
Lingard is rated at around £30m by Man Utd and West Ham are keen to sign him permanently.
For now, at least, the midfielder is part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.
Agbonlahor has spoken about Lingard with Football Insider. He believes that the England international will be keen to leave the Red Devils:
“Things can change. The transfer window closes in September and there are a few games before then to play in the Premier League.
“If Lingard doesn’t get the starting time he wants then he might decide he wants to leave in the last week of the window because he might not get in in front of [Paul] Pogba, Fred and [Bruno] Fernandes. Then you’ve got [Marcus] Rashford, [Mason] Greenwood and [Jadon] Sancho further forward.
“Lingard might think ‘I’m happy the manager wants me in his plans but my plans don’t want to be sitting on the bench.’ He was so close to going to the Euros so he’ll want to go to a club that gives him the best chance of going to the World Cup.
“I still think Lingard will want to leave. I just don’t see him getting a starting place in that Manchester United midfield.”
“Last season he spoke with the club, with us about his needs and what he spoke about was the option of having a position on the pitch where he feels more important,” he said.
“And I consider that Saul became Saul by playing everywhere, but he or many of those around him see it as something negative.
“He is very important for Atletico because he can play as a full-back, right-wing, midfielder. He gives us a lot of options to be able to count on him. He is a player who, in that version and playing how the coach needs him to, performs very well.”