Jesse Lingard has said his goodbyes to West Ham as he prepares to return to Manchester United, although a permanent move is still possible this summer. Lingard moved to east London during the winter window of 2021 after finding game time at Old Trafford difficult to come by.
Lingard found his form at the Hammers, scoring nine goals and earning an England call-up, but his time in London is finished for the time being while parent and loan clubs consider important decisions.
Lingard’s Emotional Message
Lingard has sent an emotional tribute on Instagram for the Hammers.
“What a way to close the season. It feels great to achieve our goal with this fantastic set of boys! We worked tirelessly and never gave up! I consider myself fortunate to have been able to enter such a friendly atmosphere; everyone associated with the club has demonstrated how unique it is. Thank you to the gaffer who believed in me enough to bring me here.” Thank you to everyone who made it so simple for me to settle in and integrate with the club so soon.
I would like to thank the coaches for assisting me in reclaiming my genuine self on the field. Thanks to all of the fans who have supported me since the day I came; it’s been incredible to be a part of this. It was incredible to be able to perform in front of you on the last day! Thank you to the fans who have supported me from the moment I came!
Thank you to a wonderful bunch of boys. Practicing and playing with you guys has been one of the pleasures of my career. I have created some new lifetime friends! No matter what happens in the future, West Ham United will always have a special place in my heart!”
Lingard had only appeared in three domestic cup matches for United before being released by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He made 16 Premier League games with West Ham, scoring nine goals and providing four assists.
Lingard has gained a spot in Gareth Southgate’s preliminary team for this summer’s European Championship. Once his international obligations are completed, he may return to club concerns.
With the Hammers adding Europa League games to their calendar, David Moyes has made no secret of his desire to get Lingard back for 2021-22. It remains to be seen what the Red Devils have in store for their academy graduate, with a sale being a possibility.