Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly given Jesse Lingard the green light over a new and improved £40,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford.
The 23-year-old winger was believed to be in line for a new deal at the end of the season after making 25 Premier League appearances, including 19 starts in his breakthrough season at the club. However the uncertainty of Louis van Gaal’s tenure led to talks being place don hold, but now a reports claims the former England Under-21 man is set to be rewarded.
The Sunday Mirror claims Mourinho has given the go ahead for talks to commence with the former Birmingham, Leicester, Brighton and Derby loanee ready to commit his long-term future to the club after climbing through the youth ranks.
Lingard is contracted until 2018 and is believed to be on a deal worth around £25,000 a week, but he will see that rise to around the £40,000 mark after impressing with his four goals last term and ability to play on both flanks.
Tottenham, Everton and West Ham reportedly showed interest in Lingard, who scored the extra-time winner in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace.
Mourinho agreed a one-year contract extension for Michael Carrick, 34, earlier this summer and Lingard, who played in the 2-0 friendly win at Wigan on Saturday, is expected to follow suit and put pen to paper.