Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has told the Daily Mirror that he is keen to fight for his place at the club despite speculation of a move to Newcastle United.
Lingard, 22, has progressed through the Manchester United youth setup, and made his debut on the opening day of the 2014/15 season against Swansea City - only to go off injured in the first half.
After loan spells with Leicester City, Birmingham City and Brighton and Hove Albion, Lingard was farmed out on loan again, this time to Derby County.
Lingard featured under Steve McClaren in the Rams first team, and has now continued his form with the England Under-21's, scoring a superb winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Sweden at the European Championships on Sunday.
Whilst Lingard is thought to be one for the future at Old Trafford, The Telegraph reported last week that Newcastle United - now managed by Lingard's former Derby boss McClaren - were interested in signing Lingard on a season-long loan deal to reunite him with his old manager.
For now though, Lingard is looking to make an impression at United, telling The Mirror that he wants to speak to Louis van Gaal about his future, hinting at a possible loan move as he still sees his future with the Red Devils.
"I’m looking to stay at Man United and get some games under my belt there. I’ll see what the boss says when I get back," said Lingard. "I’ve always wanted to play for Man United and that’s still my ambition."
"I was unlucky to get injured at the start of last season, and I’ll never know where I would be now if I hadn’t got that injury.I kept in contact with Louis Van Gaal last season and spoke to Gareth Southgate a lot. He was guiding me and giving me confidence," he added.
Ideal loan move?
Lingard has proven himself in the Championship, but in order to show van Gaal that he is ready to play a part in United's future, he needs to make an impact in the Premier League.
Given the quality in United's squad, a loan move to a Premier League club makes a lot of sense for Lingard - and Newcastle could be ideal for him.
Reuniting with McClaren, a manager he has already worked with, would ease Lingard into life in the Premier League, whilst Newcastle are so desperate for an attacking threat that he could well see plenty of first team football.
If Lingard is to be loaned out next season, there will be no shortage of offers to take him off United's hands - but Newcastle look to be a great destination for him to continue his development.