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Former Manchester United midfielder Lingard excited by South Korea switch

Jesse Lingard is confident South Korea is the “perfect place” for him to reignite his career.

The former Manchester United and England midfielder yesterday signed a two-year deal with an option for a third with FC Seoul.

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Lingard had been without a club following the expiration of a 12-month deal at Nottingham Forest at the end of last season.

The 31-year-old claims to have been inundated with offers but wanted a “different challenge” away from Europe and believes a move to the Far East is the answer.

Speaking in a YouTube video, he said: “I’ve always wanted a different challenge and to create new memories in my career.

“I believe South Korea is the perfect place for that.”

Lingard said the K-League club’s determination to sign him persuaded him to make the move, adding at his presentation: “FC Seoul showed me great passion, sending me a concrete offer on paper while other clubs were contacting me verbally.

“They also came to Manchester to check my physical condition as well.

“I am excited to represent the K-League as soon as possible by playing good football and showing dedication to my new team.

“I am looking forward to meeting coach Kim Gidong and to making an impact in the team.”

Lingard came through the academy at Manchester United and made 232 appearances for the club. A successful loan spell at West Ham failed to result in a permanent contract in east London, prompting a switch to Forest where he struggled for form in 20 appearances.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
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