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'That small moment changed it all': Jesse Lingard shares what helped him shine at West Ham

West Ham struck gold last season when they signed Jesse Lingard on loan.

The 28-year-old linked up with David Moyes’ Hammers at the end of January.

Lingard had been struggling for game time at Manchester United but hit the ground running at the London Stadium.

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His first 10 Premier League games for West Ham saw him register an incredible nine goals and four assists.

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Lingard claimed one further assist by the end of the season and helped the Hammers qualify for the Europa League.

“Trust me, you’ll smash it”

In an interview with GAFFER, Lingard spoke of the tension he felt ahead of the West Ham move, when it was touch-and-go.

“The memories of the night before joining [West Ham], ***** hell,” he said.

“The deal was on, then off and then on, then off.

“When I was being told, me and my brother were crying in the cinema room.

“I knew I needed to go play football and for a point it looks like I wasn’t going to.

“Eventually we got it over the line and that drive down to London was the moment.

“My brother just kept relaying ‘trust me, you’ll smash it.’

“That small moment changed it all, it gave me that confidence and energy to do well.”

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Jesse Lingard: What does the future hold?

According to a Daily Mail report from mid-June, the Red Devils will speak to Lingard regarding his future during pre-season.

West Ham remain eager to snap the England international up on a permanent basis, added the report.

Lingard has 12 months left on his contract and, according to the Daily Star, is valued at £25m.

However, Manchester United reportedly plan to offer him a new £130,000-a-week contract.

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