The World Cup is certainly a rewarding tournament with regard to how few matches it takes to make a lasting impact upon the world that watches on.
Several players have seen their entire careers shaped along both ways solely as a result of their antics on the grandest stage of them all. Youngsters, in particular, seem to find their careers set if the tournament goes well.
Apart from big clubs wishing to capture talented individuals, the Cup may also ensure that current clubs will do all they can to keep hold of these gems.
Now, Manchester United may be the next big name to follow similar suit.
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According to The Sun, United have been thoroughly impressed by Jesse Lingard’s World Cup antics, and wish to offer him a bumper new deal. This is despite the 25-year-old having signed a four-year deal just last season, which brought his wages up to £75,000-a-week.
Now, the report claims his new extension to give him a more than doubled package of £150,000-a-week.
Further, an Old Trafford source is reported to have stated: “Jesse has shown that he is a top class performer on and off the pitch.
“He has a fabulous season for the club last year and has taken that form onto the international stage so far. His England showings has been brilliant and the club know he is all set to become a global star if he continues.”
His goal against Panama was the sole highlight in a campaign where he has been amongst England’s stand-out performers so far, and led the Lions to a much-hyped position.
They next face Sweden in the quarter-finals in a bid that some hopeful fans are already dreaming may lead them all the way to the finals and beyond. Is football coming home at last?