Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists Manchester United are still determined to keep Jesse Lingard at Old Trafford in the long term.
The England midfielder’s Red Devils contract expires at the end of the season, and the 28-year-old will be able to talk to rival clubs about a free-transfer move as early as January.
United academy product Lingard flourished on loan at West Ham last term, and will return to the London Stadium with Solskjaer’s side in Sunday’s Premier League clash.
Lingard has been linked with a move next summer, but manager Solskjaer maintained United are still working to tie him down to a new deal.
“He’s got this season left of his contract, and the club is talking to him and his dad,” said Solskjaer.
“And we see him as a Man United player in the future as well. Jesse has come back to us after a great spell at West Ham.
“He showed his qualities, he’s got back into the England squad and he’s scoring goals for England.
“We really want to see the best of Jesse this season and we hope to see him, we support him, and we hope to keep him here with us. He’s a Red through and through.”