After just 10 months, Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has parted company with agent Mino Raiola, a report says.
ESPN says that Lingard and Raiola have gone their separate ways, and now only family members and close associates can represent the 27-year-old.
Last January, Lingard connected with Raiola, who represents Paul Pogba, sparking talk of a move for the player.
The news at the time, according to the Daily Mail, was not well received by the leadership of the club.
United has a complicated relationship with Raiola, the man famously branded a ‘s*** bag’ back in 2017 by legendary Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Lingard and Raiola parted with the player and his management “on good terms.”
It remains to be seen what that means for the future of the Warrington-born midfielder. Next summer, he is out of contract, but unlike the case in Pogba, the club has yet to exercise its contract option.
United has a 12-month option until 2022 on Lingard’s contract, but it has not been activated so far.
The absence of Lingard this season, the midfielder making only two EFL Cup appearances, has been enigmatic.
A one-year extension of his contract, which is currently set to expire at the end of this season, is the most likely next move in Lingard’s future. He will then be under contract until 2022, allowing the player more time to battle his way back into contention and show his worth, while still protecting his value and ensuring that a transfer fee can be ordered by United.