Jesse Lingard has accomplished a shock transfer to South Korean facet FC Seoul.
The previous Manchester United winger has signed a two-year take care of the choice so as to add a 3rd with the Ok League 1 facet.
The 31-year-old England Worldwide, who was launched from his contract at Nottingham Forest on the finish of final season, had presents from as many as 26 golf equipment from around the globe, together with FC Seoul and Lazio.
The information was confirmed on Instagram on Wednesday, with Lingard posting a photograph of himself sporting an FC Seoul jersey whereas writing: ‘New beginnings! So excited to lastly get again on the pitch and do what I really like probably the most.
‘I am so grateful for the love and assist in South Korea, @FC Seoul.’
Reviews earlier this week said that Lingard could possibly be in line to earn round £17,500 per week, which equates to £910,000 per yr. Lingard had signed a contract renewal at Man United in 2017 that noticed him web £ 100,000 per week.
However his reported wage sees him turn out to be the highest-paid participant within the Ok League. He’ll now be a part of the group’s winter coaching camp in Kagoshima.
Showing in a separate video on the membership’s Instagram, the ex-Man United ahead stated: ‘My dream from a younger little one was to play within the Premier League and I’ve at all times labored arduous to realize that objective. I’ve at all times needed completely different challenges to create new reminiscences in my profession and I imagine being in South Korea is the place for that. Jesse Lingard is in FC Seoul.’
Talking in a press convention, Lingard stated: ‘I’m very excited. It’s a brand new problem. I’ve accepted it, I’m right here and I’m able to embrace the tradition.
It’s a brand new starting for me, a brand new chapter in my profession. I simply need to get pleasure from enjoying soccer once more, placing a smile on folks’s faces, and exhibiting Korean followers what I can do
The previous Man United ahead additionally revealed that he ‘had a number of presents’ over the previous seven months. He added: ‘When FC Seoul got here into the equation, the dedication that they confirmed, they got here to Manchester to observe me practice.
‘They got here with the contract on paper so I believe the dedication proven by the membership actually in my thoughts, I had already made up the place I needed to go as a result of, as I say, there have been a number of presents, they had been all verbal presents, however the dedication proven by FC Seoul confirmed how a lot curiosity and the way a lot they needed me on the membership so it was solely proper for me to repay that and are available to the membership.’
In a press release on the membership’s web site, FC Seoul wrote: ‘That is sufficient information to seize the eyes and ears of Korean soccer followers as it’s a problem for the Ok League by a participant with the very best title worth within the 41-year historical past of the Ok League.
‘FC Seoul as a number one membership within the Ok League, has been taking the lead in recruiting large names with each ability and recognition and has been persistently making impactful makes an attempt that may lead not solely to the success of the Ok League but in addition to the event of Korean soccer.
‘This recruitment was achieved as a shock because the future-oriented imaginative and prescient and objectives of each FC Seoul and Lingard coincided.’