Former Man Utd star Jesse Lingard released as Nottingham Forest let 12 players go following Premier League survival | The Sun

JESSE LINGARD is one of 12 players that has been released by Nottingham Forest.

The midfielder signed for the Reds on a free transfer last summer, but he was limited to just 20 appearances across all competitions during the 2022-23 campaign.

He is now one of six senior players set to leave the City Ground on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the month.

The other five stars include Andre Ayew, Cafu, Jack Colback, Jordan Smith and Lyle Taylor.

Six academy players, including Billy Fewster, Alex Gibson-Hammond, Ryan Hammond, Nicky Hogarth, Adnan Kanuric and Lewis Salmon, have also been released.

And loan stars Keylor Navas, Dean Henderson and Renan Lodi have returned to their parent clubs.

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A short statement from Nottingham Forest read: "The club would like to thank each player for their contributions during their time at The City Ground."

The Reds also confirmed that full-back Serge Aurier has triggered an automatic one-year extension to his contract.

Chris Wood, who joined the club on an initial loan deal in January, is also set to stay.

Forest triggered an option to sign the striker on a permanent deal in February – three weeks after he joined the club on loan.

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He will officially be considered a permanent signing from July 1.

Meanwhile, Lingard is set to become a free agent again, just one year after leaving Manchester United.

Last summer, the midfielder was linked with a move to West Ham.

However, he rejected the Hammers in favour of a move to the City Ground.

He is yet to be linked with a move elsewhere this summer.

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