Jesse Lingard joins South Korea's FC Seoul

The 31-year-old is a World Cup semi-finalist and Europa League winner with United

jesse-lingard-twitter Jesse Lingard in South Korea | Twitter

Former England and Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard joined South Korean side FC Seoul on a two-year deal on Thursday. The 31-year-old, a World Cup semi-finalist with England and Europa League winner with United, has been a free agent since leaving Nottingham Forest at the end of last season.

"I've always wanted different challenges and to create new memories in my career, and I believe being in South Korea is the perfect place for that," Lingard said in a video released by the club.

FC Seoul, who play at the Seoul World Cup Stadium, are one of the best supported clubs in the K League and have won the title six times, most recently in 2016.

More than 200 fans were at Incheon airport to greet Lingard when he landed to complete a medical and other formalities earlier this week. "I have received several offers since last summer," Lingard added at a news conference in the South Korean capital on Thursday.

"Other clubs only made verbal offers. FC Seoul sent a written offer. Club officials showed their sincerity by coming to Manchester to check on my physical condition. At that time, I decided to sign with FC Seoul."

FC Seoul kick off the new K League season away at Gwangju FC on March 2


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