Jesse Lingard says that he is looking forward to working with fellow Englishman Declan Rice after sealing a loan move to West Ham from Manchester United.
Midfielder Lingard had become frozen out under Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and looked for a way out this month.
Several clubs, including Nice and Porto, showed interest. However, the 28-year-old has revealed how his connection with David Moyes proved crucial in him opting to stay in England.
Hammers boss Moyes worked with the midfielder during his time at Old Trafford between 2013 and 2014.
“I’m excited,” Lingard told West Ham TV. “It’s another new chapter in my life. Nothing is guaranteed but I’ve come here to work hard and help the team and bring my experience.
“That’s the main aim. I just want to enjoy my football and get back playing again and get my feet back on the pitch.
“There were lots of clubs involved but, for me personally, I felt this was the right move.
“I’ve obviously had a previous relationship with the manager as he was at Man U and I’ve played under him before, so he knows my qualities and what I can bring to the team.
“I know a couple of the players as well – I know Dec [Rice] very well from the England side – and I feel I can really settle in here quickly.”
Lingard’s desire for first-team football comes after he made only three appearances for United this season.
Before his descent into the fringes of the team, he scored the winning goal in the 2016 FA Cup final. What’s more, his form thereafter culminated in his place at the 2018 World Cup.
As such, he has a hunger to return to that sort of form and believes that Moyes can bring the best out of him.
Lingard looking forward to Moyes reunion
“It’s important that a player and manager have a good relationship,” Lingard added.
“He’s got really good morals, he gets his team working hard and I’ve had a chat with him already and there are no guarantees – it’s down to me to put the work in and put the graft in, to get into the team and play well week-in, week-out.
“I can’t wait to show [the West Ham fans] what I’ve got in store. I’m excited and I want to help the team push up the table as far as they can.”
The Hammers currently sit fifth in the Premier League table after a run of four successive wins.
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