Jesse Lingard has been left been left in a footballing limbo after his proposed move to Newcastle broke down, writes NEIL CUSTIS.
Lingard, who is out of contract at the end of the season, wanted a loan deal to Saint James’ Park to the end of the season but the Old Trafford chiefs wanted a permanent move.
Newcastle proposed a deal of £3million to the end of the season plus a further £4million if the relegation threatened club stayed up.
Man United however wanted at least a straight a £10million deal to the end of the season if no permanent offer was given.
The 29-year-old has not started a Premier League game since New Years Day and only twice all season.
Less than a fortnight ago manager Ralf Rangnick was asked about his position and seemed to suggest the player could leave if the situation was right..
Rangnick said: “What I can say is he’s a very good player, a technical player, of course, he can play in many Premier League clubs on a regular basis.
“Here, at Manchester United, it’s not so easy, we have other players who can also play in that position and we cannot change from one game to the other on five or six positions.
“I know his contract is expiring in the summer, the question is what does he want to do? Does he want to get more game-time from now on, then I think it’s quite legitimate to speak and think about other options.
But I wouldn’t be unhappy if he stayed until the rest of the season.”