Jesse Lingard reveals the crucial factor behind his decision to join FC Seoul

"I'm very excited. It's a new challenge, but I've accepted it, I'm here, I'm ready to embrace the culture."- Jesse Lingard said.

by Sead Dedovic
Jesse Lingard reveals the crucial factor behind his decision to join FC Seoul
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Jesse Lingard surprised many by deciding to continue his career in South Korea. The once-great hope of Manchester United has signed a contract with K-League club FC Seoul. Jesse expressed his excitement about the new chapter in his career. 

Nottingham Forest was his last engagement. However, after the expiration of the contract, this great English club did not want to continue cooperation with Lingard. 

Looking at the options he had, the experienced English footballer decided to continue his career in South Korea, a move that few expected. There are many reasons why he chose this particular club, and one of them is the commitment shown by the leaders of this club.

"I'm very excited. It's a new challenge, but I've accepted it, I'm here, I'm ready to embrace the culture.
It's a new beginning for me, a new chapter in my career, and I just want to enjoy playing football again, putting a smile on people's faces and showing the Korean fans what I can do."-
Lingard said, as quoted by

The club leaders know Jesse Lingard is a skilled player. Even though he hasn't been in top form lately, fans are excited about his arrival. Lingard can be an important player for the team. FC Seoul is a famous club with lots of fans.

Lingard once again emphasized the commitment of the administration of this Korean club. Although he spent his entire career in England, Jesse realized that it was time for a new challenge. It will be interesting to follow his performances in South Korea.

"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 with the contract on paper, so I think the commitment shown by the club really, in my mind, I had already made up where I wanted to go because, like I said, there [were] multiple offers but, it was all verbal offers and, the commitment shown by FC Seoul, showed how much interest and how much they wanted me at the club, so it was only right for me to repay that and come to the club."

Lingard talked about how negotiations for his new deal took some time, as football negotiations can be complex with many people involved. However, he emphasized having a good team to handle the process efficiently, and they were able to reach an agreement within two to three days.  

 Now that he's signed with FC Seoul, Lingard is eager to concentrate on playing football. He expressed his excitement about being a part of the team, emphasizing his competitive spirit and the goal of winning trophies during his time with FC Seoul.

Lingard shared that he's almost ready to play despite being 31. He takes good care of his body with regular gym workouts and a healthy diet, avoiding alcohol. Lingard is excited to join the team in Japan and start training with FC Seoul.


Manchester United fans and fans of this great soccer player also reacted on social media. Jesse Lingard did not live up to expectations at Manchester United, although he had periods where he could shine, but he would go back to the old way again. 

Jesse Lingard
Jesse Lingard© Nathan Stirk / Getty Images Sport

The management of United and the coach no longer had patience for such things, and decided to let Lingard go to another team. Jesse was particularly impressive playing for West Ham United in the 2021/2022 season. 

Jesse Lingard's loan appeared to boost his career, but the positive momentum didn't continue upon his return to Manchester United. Lingard, who has been candid about facing mental health challenges, is known for his resilience. Despite setbacks, he's determined to raise his performance at his new club, FC Seoul, and play a role in achieving their goals.

Jesse Lingard felt enormous pressure playing for United. The fans were not satisfied with his performances, and this experienced footballer tried not to react. However, over time, he realized that he was repressing his emotions, and that things were not good.

'I was having conversations with people and I was just like: 'Yeah. OK. Yeah,' he said, as reported by The Guardian.

"Nothing would register. It would go in one ear and out the other. I was numb and I wanted to be in that numb state where I didn't have to feel anything.

Literally, I just wanted to sit at home and drink a little bit – try and take the pain away. I don't do that, normally. But sitting at home and drinking before bed … that's when I knew I was in a bad situation. It wasn't drinking to excess. It was just little bits through the week."