Jesse Lingard set to join Steven Gerrard’s side in Saudi Arabia in one-month training deal

Jesse Lingard set to join Steven Gerrard’s side in Saudi Arabia in one-month training deal

Rene Otinga
September 23, 2023 at 9:44 AM
  • Jesse Lingard remains a free agent after leaving Nottingham Forest
  • The forward will now train with a Saudi Arabia club for one month
  • Al Ettifaq confirmed on Friday that the former Manchester United man would be joining them

Jesse Lingard’s career has taken a strange turn as the attacker is set to train with Saudi Arabia outfit Al Ettifaq for one month.

It almost looked like Lingard would rejoin his former side West Ham United as he trained with the Londoners towards the end of the summer transfer window.

But the former Manchester United man remains a free agent, after his contract at Nottingham Forest came to an end.

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Jesse Lingard looks on as he warms up prior to the Premier League match between Nottingham Forest and Brighton & Hove Albion at City Ground on April 26, 2023 in Nottingham, England. Photo by Clive Mason.
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While his future remains in limbo, Lingard has been offered a lifeline by Al Ettifaq, who announced a one-month training deal with the winger on Friday, September 22.

Lingard took to social media on Friday to share a snap of himself leaving Manchester, presumably for the Middle East.

Al Ettifaq, managed by Liverpool legend, was among the Saudi Arabia clubs that also secured some big names from Europe in the summer.

Jordan Henderson and ex-Everton winger Demarai Gray are currently getting accustomed to the Middle East after joining the club.

In June, Lingard spoke about the prospects of moving to Saudi Arabia top flight which has seen its popularity rocket in recent months.

“I'm considering all options,” Lingard said at the time.
“I've never ruled out any team or club out, so for me it's just picking the right team and it's got to be right for me.”
“Saudi Arabia are doing big things, and in the next couple of years or so, it will be one of the hotspots to go to.”

Earlier in September, Lingard, 30, featured in a behind-closed-doors friendly for West Ham.

According to, David Moyes was considering re-signing the forward, but Lingard had some concerns and wanted some assurances before anything was put on the table.

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