Jesse Lingard hits back at claims he signed for Forest for the money and says it was about love

Jesse Lingard hits back at claims he joined Nottingham Forest for the money and says his move was due to the ‘love’ shown by the owners… after Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville both criticized his decision to join the club

  • Jesse Lingard has hit back at claims he moved to Nottingham Forest for cash
  • The 29-year-old says it was thanks to the love shown by club owners
  • Lingard says he turned down offers from overseas that offered more money
  • The midfielder was heavily criticized by Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher

Jesse Lingard has defended his decision to sign for Nottingham Forest in the summer and denied it was a money-driven decision.

The England midfielder has come under fire for opting to move to the City Ground ahead of West Ham, who are keen to bring Lingard back to the London Stadium.

Pundit duo Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have both said they believe Lingard’s decision to sign for Forest was a matter of money, but the 29-year-old hit back at the claims and said it’s was because of the love shown to him by the owners of the club.

Lingard defended his decision to sign for Nottingham Forest and said it wasn’t for the money

The England midfielder says it was love for Forest that won him over

The England midfielder says it was love for Forest that won him over

Talk to BBC Football Focusthe new Forest star said he could have made more money elsewhere but wanted to stay in the Premier League.

“There were plenty of other options.” said Lingard.

“I could have gone abroad for a lot of money but I want to stay in the Premier League.

“I spoke to the owners and they showed that love. They wanted to come to my house, they wanted to come to London, all in quick succession trying to close the deal.

“When I see this kind of love, of course I will say yes.”

Jamie Carragher (L) and Gary Neville slammed Jesse Lingard's recent move at their event

Jamie Carragher (L) and Gary Neville slammed Jesse Lingard’s recent move at their event

The former Manchester United player left Old Trafford this summer when his contract expired and West Ham were keen to bring the player back to east London, where he enjoyed a successful loan spell in 2021.

However, instead, Lingard signed a one-year £80,000-a-week deal at Nottingham Forest which could rise to £120,000 in potential bonuses.

It’s a decision that Liverpool legend Carragher said was all about the money and criticized Lingard in part two of the Overlap live fan debate.

‘He [Jesse Lingard] went there [Nottingham Forest] for money. I love Nottingham Forest they are back [in the Premier League].

“If a footballer chooses Nottingham Forest at the moment, before West Ham and what they have done for the last two or three years, obviously they have gone there for a few pounds. And, the fact that he’s only signed for a year means that next year on a free or Bosman [ruling].

Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell with West Ham but snubbed a return to the club

Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell with West Ham but snubbed a return to the club

Fellow pundit Gary Neville has also slammed the former Red Devils star, calling the signing ‘transactional’ and fearing the move will end well.

‘It was just really transactional [Lingard signing for Nottingham Forest].

“Football fans, at the end of the day, later in the year, if Jesse started being tied four or five months to where he’s going next year, it’s not going to end well.”

“The fans don’t like transactional stuff like that. They’re happy to play the game. They [Nottingham Forest] could have shaped it differently. Two years [on a contract] and if we go down, a little clause in the contract that says you can leave for free.

‘Jesse could have been smart. Reputation, he took a hit. He could have signed a two-year contract where he would leave at the end of the season – if they fall – for free.

Forest have been busy in the transfer market this summer, adding eleven new faces to their capture of Lingard, as they begin their first Premier League campaign since 1999.

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