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Jesse Lingard, formerly of Manchester United, has joined FC Seoul in South Korea

<p>Jesse Lingard, a former midfielder for Manchester United and England, signed with FC Seoul on Thursday, stating that he wants to “enjoy playing football again”.</p>
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<p>Since departing Nottingham Forest at the conclusion of his contract last summer, the 31-year-old has been without a club.</p>
<p>Before departing Old Trafford in 2022, Lingard played for United for 22 years. He stated he was “ready to accept” the fresh challenge that Seoul would provide.</p>
<p>After being met by supporters at the airport, he told reporters at a news conference, “It’s a new beginning for me, a new chapter in my career.”</p>
<p>“I just want to enjoy playing football once more, make people happy, and prove my abilities to the Korean fans.”</p>
<p>Although they were “all verbal,” Lingard claimed to have received “multiple offers,” and he picked Seoul because they were dedicated to signing him.</p>
<p>Lingard made only 20 appearances for Forest in all competitions, and he only made four appearances in 2023.</p>
<p>He added that the negotiations with Seoul took “two or three days.”</p>
<p>Although the club did not reveal the duration of his deal, rumors said it was two years.</p>
<p>“I can finally focus on my football now that I’ve signed, and everyone was happy with the deal,” Lingard added.</p>
<p>“I’m excited to get back on the field.”</p>
<p>Seoul announced that they had signed “a player with the biggest name value in the 41-year history of the K-League.” Seoul placed seventh in the 12-team league the previous season.</p>
<p>In the 2016 FA Cup final, Lingard scored the game-winning goal for Manchester United, although he often had trouble maintaining a regular spot in the squad.</p>
<p>In the latter part of the 2020–21 season, he excelled while on loan at West Ham, but upon his return to United, he was once again benched.</p>
<p>He said last year that, while battling mental problems brought on by his faltering United career and his mother’s depressive episodes, he turned to drink in an attempt to “take the agony away.”</p>
<p>In 32 games for England, he has six goals, and he was a member of the 2018 World Cup team.</p>
<p>Lingard will report to Seoul’s training camp in Japan in advance of the start of the next K-League season on March 1.</p>
<p>“My goal is to fully immerse myself in the local culture, acquire knowledge about the K-League, and expand its global reach beyond its current boundaries,” he said.</p>
<p>“At home, I have written down my personal goals, but my main focus is on the team, and I want to play for them.”</p>

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