Local media in the U.K. have highlighted the signing of Jesse Lingard (32, Seoul) to FC Seoul.
“Jesse Lingard’s salary at FC Seoul has been revealed,” the UK’s Daily Mail reported on Aug. 8 (KST).
FC Seoul officially announced the news of Lingard’s signing on the morning of the 8th. Lingard held his signing press conference at the Seoul World Cup Stadium interview room at 2 p.m. that afternoon.
While the terms of the contract were not disclosed, British media outlets such as Sky Sports reported earlier that Lingard would join FC Seoul on a two-year contract with an option for a one-year extension.
Lingard is a midfielder born in 1992 who joined the United youth team in 2000. He progressed through the ranks and signed a professional contract with United in 2011. Since then, he has had loan spells at Leicester City, Birmingham City, and Brighton and Hove Albion.
It was during the 2015-2016 season that Lingard began to establish himself at United.
Louis van Gaal, 토토사이트 who was managing United at the time, often used the youth product. That season, he made 40 official appearances (32 starts), scoring six goals and providing four assists.
In the 2016-2017 season, Lingard also played a key role under new manager Jose Mourinho. His work-rate and diligence in pressing and defending up front helped him retain his place in the starting lineup.
Although he lacked the technical ability of his fellow contenders for the position, Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, he played to his strengths, scoring five goals and providing three assists in 42 official appearances that season.
It was in the 2019-2020 season that Lingard’s position began to falter. At the time, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer used Lingard as often as any other manager, but the arrival of playmaker Bruno Fernandes in January 2020 saw his playing time gradually diminish.
Eventually, he left on loan to David Moyes’ West Ham United in the winter transfer window of the 2020-2021 season.
It seemed like the best move. It was a short six-month loan, but Lingard scored nine goals and provided five assists in 16 league games in a West Ham shirt. He was the de facto “ace” of the team and led West Ham to the UEFA Europa League.
With his confidence growing,
Lingard opted to return to United at the end of his loan rather than complete a move to West Ham. He wanted to compete for a starting spot once again. This time, Mourinho opted for Bruno Fernandes. In July 2022, Lindegaard left United for Nottingham Forest, where he had grown up.
Lingard’s downward spiral continued. Despite being the highest paid player in the team, he didn’t have much of an on-field presence. Eventually, he was released by Nottingham in June 2023 and became a free agent.
In August of last year, it was reported that Lingard was training with Inter Miami of the MLS in the United States.
Later, he was again linked with a move to West Ham. The move never materialized. In September, it was announced that he was training with Al Etihad in the Saudi Arabian Professional League, and it looked like a deal was in the works.
After being linked with the likes of FC Barcelona and Everton, his next destination was FC Seoul, as reported by Manchester United transfer market insider Simon Stone.
“On the 20th anniversary of the club’s return to Seoul, we are making this move to further consolidate our status as a leading club in the K League and to lay the foundation for FC Seoul and the K League to re-emerge at a world-class level,”
FC Seoul said in a statement on Monday.
FC Seoul expects Lingard to be a great addition to head coach Kim Ki-dong’s aggressive tactical scheme, as well as a significant boost to the team’s strength. Above all, the team plans to make the best preparations for related activities as it believes that the ripple effect of Lingard’s arrival will greatly expand the size of the K-League industry.
At his signing press conference at 2 p.m., Lingard said, “I came to Korea for a new challenge, a new chapter in my life. I will do my best to bring joy to the fans in Seoul,” he said.
“I had many offers last summer. But the reason I came here was that other clubs only verbally told me about the contract, but FC Seoul wrote a contract in person, traveled to Manchester, where I am, and checked my physical condition. At that moment, I decided on FC Seoul,” he said, explaining why he chose the club over numerous offers.
“According to local media reports, Lingard will earn around £17,500 ($29.39 million) a week in wages and £910,000 ($152.8 million) a year in salary,” the Daily Mail wrote, 안전한 파워볼사이트 “far less than the £100,000 ($167 million) he earned at United in 2017.”
“Lingard joins Jordan Mutch as one of only a handful of Englishmen to play in the K League,” the publication said. Seoul finished seventh, ninth, seventh and ninth in the 12-team K League,” it added.
Lingard also told the press conference,
“I have dreams I want to fulfill in Seoul. I want to be on the field as soon as possible, and my goal is to win trophies and win games,” he said, emphasizing that “the first thing I need to do is get back in shape and get back on the field as soon as possible.”
Lingard will join FC Seoul’s second winter training camp in Kagoshima, where he will begin to acclimate to the team.