Newcastle United may pull out of race to sign Lingard

By Danny Mills

8th May, 2022 | 9:00am

Newcastle United may pull out of race to sign Jesse Lingard after 'disastrous' leak - pundit

Newcastle United may pull out of the race to sign Jesse Lingard as he has been responsible for leaks from the Man United dressing room.

That is the view of ex-Man City and England defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Lingard’s future.

BBC Sport reported on Wednesday (4 May) that Newcastle, Juventus and AC Milan are all interested in signing the 29-year-old on a free transfer when his Man United contract expires this summer.

The midfielder was denied his chance of a send off at Old Trafford when he remained an unused substitute as United beat Brentford 3-0 on Monday (2 May) in their final home game of the season.

As quoted by the Manchester Evening News last month (23 April), Paul Scholes revealed to DAZN that Lingard had told him the club’s dressing room was a “disaster”.

Asked whether that could stop clubs signing him, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “To a point.

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“They will say ‘If you come here you’ve got to keep your mouth shut. What happens in the dressing room here, stays in the dressing room. What happens on the training ground, stays on the training ground’.

“It’s an unwritten law in football. That’s what should happen, you close ranks. It’s your place of work and little leaks like that shouldn’t get out.

“It helps nobody. You think it’s helping your own agenda but in the long term, it probably doesn’t.

“If you’ve got two similar players and one works hard, puts a shift in and keeps his mouth shut and one who is forever on Instagram, said one or two disparaging things about his old club, who are you going to take? It’s not hard.

“If it’s like-for-like you’re going to take the guy who is quiet and sensible.”

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