Ex-Man Utd ace Jesse Lingard enjoys London day out after admitting Forest chief Marinakis convinced him to snub West Ham


JESSE LINGARD was strutting his stuff in London – just three days after snubbing West Ham for Premier League new-boys Nottingham Forest.

Former Manchester United ace Lingard looked destined for a return to the London Stadium before putting pen to paper on a one-year deal with Forest that will see him bag £115,000 per week.

Jesse Lingard joined Nottingham Forest after leaving Manchester United

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Jesse Lingard joined Nottingham Forest after leaving Manchester UnitedCredit: Instagram / @jesselingard
Nottingham Forest chief Miltiadis Marinakis convinced him to sign with the club

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Nottingham Forest chief Miltiadis Marinakis convinced him to sign with the clubCredit: Instagram/@Mil7iadis
Jesse Lingard left Manchester United as a free agent in June

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Jesse Lingard left Manchester United as a free agent in JuneCredit: Instagram / @jesselingard
Jesse Lingard enjoyed a day out in London after joining Nottingham Forest

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Jesse Lingard enjoyed a day out in London after joining Nottingham ForestCredit: Instagram / @jesselingard
Jesse Lingard opted against a return to West Ham in the summer transfer window

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Jesse Lingard opted against a return to West Ham in the summer transfer windowCredit: Instagram / @jesselingard

But, despite snubbing the east Londoners, the versatile midfielder decided to celebrate the new chapter of his career with a walk through the capital – sharing snaps on Instagram.

The England international also uploaded a photo of him with a Forest scarf, which he captioned: “Trust the direction that God leads you.”

In other pictures the former England midfielder posed on London’s Oxford Street decked head-to-toe in a flamboyant piano-themed Louis Vuitton outfit.

Lingard left United on a free transfer in June after his contract expired and turned down a move to West Ham – where he enjoyed a successful stint in the second half of the 2020-21 season.

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The 29-year-old opted for new boys Nottingham Forest, which shocked many and left some Hammers fans fuming.

One West Ham supporter has even called on the club’s faithful to throw fake money at him during the trip to City Ground on August 14.

Lingard revealed it was Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis’ son Miltiadis who convinced him to move to Nottingham.

The attacking midfielder claimed it was Miltiadis’ “love and intent” that made him want to join Steve Cooper’s side.

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Lingard told the club’s official website: “Miltiadis played a huge role in bringing me to the club.

“The owners showed a lot of love to me from the beginning and every time we spoke, they were really keen to get the deal sorted out and I loved the aggressive approach.

“That’s what you want as a player, an owner to want you at the club and showing the love and intent that made me want to come here.”

Jesse Lingard had a successful stint with West Ham in the 2020-2021 season

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Jesse Lingard had a successful stint with West Ham in the 2020-2021 seasonCredit: Instagram / @jesselingard
Jesse Lingard signed a one-year deal with Nottingham Forest

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Jesse Lingard signed a one-year deal with Nottingham ForestCredit: Instagram / @jesselingard





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