Lingard to work with super-agent Raiola

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Jesse Lingard is contracted to Manchester United until 2021, with the option of a further year
Jesse Lingard is contracted to Manchester United until 2021, with the option of a further year

Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard will now be represented by super-agent Mino Raiola.

Raiola’s clients include Lingard’s team-mate Paul Pogba and former United players Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Romelu Lukaku and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Raiola has previously criticised United and the club’s relationship with Pogba, who admitted in June that he was considering leaving Old Trafford for a “new challenge”.

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In a recent interview in Italy, Raiola labelled United a “club out of touch with reality” and said he would not send any of his other clients to Old Trafford as they would “ruin Maradona, Pele and Maldini”.

However, Raiola has since told Sky Sports News that Pogba is happy at United and will stay at the club – as long as they fight for trophies.

Mino Raiola also represents Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba
Mino Raiola also represents Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba

His comments prompted a strong response from United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

When asked if agents should speak about clubs ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup third-round tie against Wolves, Solskjaer said: “No.

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The Sunday Supplement panel debate Pogba’s future at Manchester United and whether the midfielder will remain at the club beyond January
The Sunday Supplement panel debate Pogba’s future at Manchester United and whether the midfielder will remain at the club beyond January

“I can speak to Paul about it. I don’t think I should talk to – or about – agents that talk about us.

“But Paul is our player and agents are hired by players – not the opposite way around. It is not agents’ players, it is our players.”

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