Manchester United are in talks with Jesse Lingard over a new contract, it has been claimed.

Lingard, 26, has entered the final two years of his current contract at Old Trafford.

According to Italian football journalist Nicolo Schira, discussions over an extension until 2024 are taking place.

Red Devils chiefs are also working to tie down Victor Lindelof to a similar length of deal.

Schira wrote on Twitter: " Manchester United are working to renew Victor Lindelof and Jesse Lingard until 2024. Talks ongoing."

Lingard is badly out of form after failing to score or assist a goal since the end of January.

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Despite his poor start to the current campaign, the 26-year-old was included in Gareth Southgate's squad for England's Euro 2020 qualifiers.

He returned to his club after falling ill in the build up to Saturday's romp against Bulgaria.

Southgate explained: "We decided to send [Jesse] home.

"He hasn't been able to train the last couple of days. We don't think he'll be ready for Tuesday."

Defending his decision to include Lingard in his England squad, Southgate said: "I think you'd have to say I've seen him have better spells for United.

"I think Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] has a young, energetic team, and I think Jesse's pressing and the energy he brings to that has been an important part of what they've tried to do in the first few games.

"The inclusion of Jesse for us is partly because his form for us has always been good.

"I know there were stats on his goals. He was only involved in four games for us last season because of injury - two starts and two off the bench.

"He scored two and had a goal disallowed when he came on in the Nations League game. He had a very good World Cup.

"When you're selecting a team, there's half an eye on club form but also I don't remember a game where he's been really poor for us.

"He has different attributes. I think for him and for everybody else, there is serious competition and if they aren't scoring for us or they aren't scoring for their clubs, that can make things more difficult.

"But, equally, I think it's good that we support him at this moment, in that you could argue club-wise, he's on the fringes and whether he should be ahead of others.

"But I don't think there are too many that we haven't included that should be ahead of him, and his performance for us has been very, very good."

Lindelof was one of the few players to emerge from last season's car crash of a campaign with credit.

The Sweden international established himself as a regular presence at the back.

He remains a prominent fixture in Solskjaer's team alongside £80m signing Harry Maguire at the back.

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