Lingard Completes Free Transfer To FC Seoul
Former Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has signed for FC Seoul of South Korea on an initial two-year contract.
Lingard had been without a club since leaving Nottingham Forest at the end of last season.
The 31-year-old saw moves to Saudi Arabia and the Major League Soccer fail to materialise despite constant links.
Lingard came through the youth ranks of Manchester United and made 232 appearances at Old Trafford.
He said: "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.
"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 has 32 caps for the England national team.