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Clark hoping for Jesse stay

Posted: Fri 27 Dec 2013
Author: Andy Walker

Jesse Lingard

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Lee Clark says he'll try to convince Manchester United manager David Moyes to allow Jesse Lingard to see out the remainder of the season at Blues.

With the England Under-21 international's current loan spell due to end after the New Year's Day encounter at home to Barnsley, Lingard may have played in a Blues shirt for the last time.

The 21-year-old's straight red card at Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day will see him sit out three games through suspension, bringing his stay at St. Andrew's to a premature end under the currrent arrangement with his parent club.

However, Clark hasn't given up hope on keeping the Red Devil for longer, potentially until the end of the season.

“Hopefully it isn't Jesse's last bit of action in a Birmingham jersey," said the Blues boss, who had no argument with the loanee's sending off at the DW Stadium. 

"We'll have to talk to Manchester United now because the loan officially runs out after the Barnsley game (on New Year’s Day)

“I need to try to convince David Moyes that to help his development and to help Manchester United, it would be better for Jesse to stay here. I know he’s talked about bringing all his loan players back to enhance his own squad but hopefully he gets one or two of his transfer targets in January and he might not need to bring those lads back. 

“Jesse has been playing in a tough league in the Championship, he’s playing every week, he’s doing terrifically well  and he’s learning all parts of the game, which no doubt David will know because we give them reports on Jesse all of the time and they have people coming to the games on a regular basis. 

“Ultimately David decides because he’ll know whether he’ll be coming back to be part of his playing squad or whether it’s him staying with us and getting another 22/23 Championship games under his belt which can help him no end come next season for them. 

"It’s David's decision but I’m just hoping he comes back to us."