BREAKING NEWS: Jesse Lingard is RELEASED by Nottingham Forest after ex-Man United star failed while earning £200,000 a week
- Jesse Lingard has been released by Nottingham Forest after just one season
- The former Man United player was earning £200,000 a week at Steve Cooper’s club
Jesse Lingard has been released by Nottingham Forest after just one season at the City Ground.
The former Manchester United star joined the club in the summer on a one-year deal, commanding £200,000 as they attempt to tackle their first Premier League season in the 21st century.
However, he only played 17 games for the club and scored no league goals. Consequently, Nottingham Forest has chosen not to extend its services further.
Lingard struggled to break into Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest side and eventually only assisted once in his year with the club, while his only goals came in the Premier League campaign. the Carabao Cup which saw the Midlands club reach the semi-finals.
The 30-year-old rose through the youth ranks at Man United but struggled to break into his team on a regular basis.
Jesse Lingard has been released by Nottingham Forest after a season at the City Ground
Lingard struggled to enter Steve Cooper’s side of the forest after being badly hit with injuries
Lingard has failed to score a league goal for Nottingham Forest since arriving in the summer
A successful loan spell at West Ham in 2021 was followed by a poor year at Old Trafford, and he was released by the Red Devils at the end of his contract.
Lingard scored nine goals in 16 games for the Hammers, and the east London side were keen on signing him permanently, but they were ultimately beaten to signing the Englishman.
Nottingham Forest stepped in to sign Lingard as a free agent but struggled to get much on the pitch in return for their investment.
His departure from the City Ground is set to spark rumors about Lingard’s next destination, with a spell away from the Premier League set for the 30-year-old.
The club has confirmed the end of the contracts binding six senior players to the clubwith Andre Ayew, Cafu, Jack Colback, Jordan Smith and Lyle Taylor also coming out.
The official statement reads: “The club would like to thank each player for their contribution during their time at the City Ground.”
However, Serge Aurier extended his stay at Nottingham Forest, as confirmed by the club’s website, by triggering an option placed in the right-back’s contract.
Keylor Navas, Dean Henderson and Renan Lodi have returned to their parent clubs after loan spells at the City Ground, while Nottingham Forest will make Chris Wood’s loan from Newcastle a permanent move when the transfer window opens.
In February, Lingard was forced to withdraw from the Nottingham Forest squad to face his former side in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, won by Man United.
However, he proved to be a valuable asset off the pitch as Nottingham Forest stayed afloat in the Premier League with one game to spare.
In a podcast interview earlier this year, Lingard revealed he was “drinking to try to ease the pain” after his struggles at Manchester United.
During the 2019-20 season, his enthusiasm for football waned as fans grew abusive, the pressure on him increased and his mother was hospitalized with depression.