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Jesse Lingard’s Manchester United future has been questioned after Declan Rice sparked further speculation linking him away from the club with a cryptic Instagram message.
Rice and Lingard were both part of David Moyes’ overachieving West Ham side who managed to secure European football by finishing sixth during the 2020/21 campaign.
Lingard enjoyed a remarkable season on loan to the East Londoners, where he managed to resurrect his career with 9 goals across 16 games after his career had stalled in Manchester.
Now ex-teammate Rice’s comment under his Instagram post has only added more fuel to the rumours tying Lingard to a West Ham move this summer.
Lingard returned to training with Man United last week following his five-day quarantine, having spent time on holiday in Mykonos, Greece after missing out on the Euros squad.
The 28-year-old posted a picture of himself alongside coach Michael Carrick with the caption: “Back at it! Feeling good.”
Eagle-eyed fans then spotted Rice’s comment, which read: “I see u”, along with the eyes emoji.
Lingard is set to hold talks regarding his future with Man United in the coming weeks as he looks to clarify his role in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.
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It is expected that he will push for a move away if he is not assured regular football, though his wages may present a problem for West Ham if they are interested in re-signing the midfielder.
West Ham manager Moyes was adamant in May that he wished to keep Lingard in the long-term.
He said: “I hope Jesse is here [next season], we would like to keep him but there is no guarantee, he is not our player.
“I hope Jesse will also appreciate that West Ham has been good for him. I think he was in a place where maybe there are not many other clubs where what he has done here would have happened for him.”
Meanwhile, Rice himself has been strongly linked with a move in the opposite direction as Solskjaer looks to bring in a midfielder after tying up Raphael Varane's transfer from Real Madrid.
Rice will cost the Reds a hefty sum, especially after his spectacular performances in an England shirt where he helped the Three Lions to the Euro 2020 final.
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