Former Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard believes a shock move to South Korea is the 'perfect place' for him to reignite his career.
The United academy graduate sealed a move to FC Seoul earlier this week, with the club confirming his arrival on Thursday. He has joined the South Korean outfit on a two-year deal.
The 31-year-old, who left Old Trafford in June 2022, had been without a club since leaving Nottingham Forest at the end of last season. He signed a one-year deal at the City Ground in July 2022 and made just 20 appearances for the club.
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Following his departure from the Midlands, Lingard spent time in Saudi Arabia, training with Al Ettifaq, who are managed by former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. A deal, however, failed to come to fruition.
Lingard received a collection of offers in pursuit of a new club, but he has settled on a move to Seoul, who play in K League 1. He was impressed by the level of interest they expressed in him and was keen to repay them by joining them.
Lingard, speaking at his official unveiling, said: "I'm very excited. It is a new challenge, but I have accepted it.
"I'm here, I'm ready to embrace the culture, it is a new beginning for me, a new chapter in my career and I just want to enjoy playing football again. I want to put a smile on people's faces and show the Korean fans what I can do.
"When FC Seoul came into the equation, the commitment that they showed... they flew to Manchester to watch me train. I got put through some tests by the physios in Manchester and they came through with a contract on paper.
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