‘Don’t listen to the dinosaurs’ – Jesse Lingard told to shut out the noise after choosing Nottingham Forest over West Ham following Manchester United exit

    Jesse Lingard has been told to ‘ignore the dinosaurs’ following his free transfer move to Nottingham Forest.

    Lingard has faced plenty of criticism from fans and pundits after opting to join the newly-promoted side.

    Lingard opted to join Forest this week

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    Lingard opted to join Forest this week

    talkSPORT understands that the former Manchester United man will be on around £130,000-a-week, including bonuses.

    Lingard was a free agent following the end of his United contract, having spent 22 years at Old Trafford.

    An offer from West Ham, where he previously starred on loan, was on the table before deciding to join Forest.

    His activities on social media have drawn criticism, but former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor told Lingard to tune out the noise.

    He told talkSPORT: “I feel like a lot of the dinosaurs, the older generation, need to zip it and get on with it. 

    “If he wants to do J-Lingz, if he wants to dance, if he wants to go on TikTok, good for him. 

    “Don’t listen to these dinosaurs, the Simon Jordans, the Richard Keys… all these jokers. Do what you want to do Jesse.”

    Lingard could have returned to West Ham, where he had a successful loan in 2021

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    Lingard could have returned to West Ham, where he had a successful loan in 2021

    Agbonlahor also insisted that fans and pundits should not be quick to jump to conclusions over Lingard’s motivations behind joining Forest.

    He added: “Last season Nottingham Forest beat two Premier League clubs in the FA Cup, just about lost to Liverpool.

    “They were on fire last season playing some amazing stuff to get promoted as well. 

    Lingard is a marquee signing for Forest

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    Lingard is a marquee signing for Forest

    “He’s going for the project as well as I feel that Forest will be a top team next season and they will shock a lot of teams.

    “You’ve seen Sheffield United do it, you’ve seen Leeds do it. I think Nottingham Forest next season, with the players, they’ve got, are all going to be hungry to succeed in the Premier League.

    “The City Ground will be a fortress as well.”

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