Jesse Lingard has told BBC 5 Live Sport his thought process behind signing for Nottingham Forest. The former Manchester United man has also explained what his personal targets are for the 2022/23 campaign.

The 29-year-old stunned West Ham last month when he chose the Reds over a return to London. He spent the second half of 2020/21 on loan with the Hammers and scored nine goals in 16 appearances for the club.

Now, he has signed for the Reds on a free transfer amid vast interest. He will likely make his competitive debut for the club when Forest make their Premier League return on Saturday against Newcastle at St James’ Park.

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Yesterday saw the launch of the forthcoming Premier League campaign. Lingard was quizzed on why he decided to sign for Forest and also asked what his personal goals were for the 2022/23 campaign.

Lingard told BBC 5 Live Sport: “Personal goals, I feel obviously as an attacker you need to be scoring goals and assisting, helping the team that way.

“It’s regular football again for me which is so important. That’s how you get the best out of me.”

Lingard is a stellar signing made by Forest. He has an abundance of experience and ultimately, his experience could prove absolutely vital for the club during their maiden season back in the Premier League.

England play in a World Cup at the end of the year. Lingard will already have a strong relationship with Gareth Southgate and a strong season with Forest could see him make the squad that travels to Qatar for the competition.

Lingard reveals thought process behind Forest move and it’s refreshing

It’s nice to hear a player talk so openly about wanting to feel loved. Often, supporters feel that players are too quick to prioritise how many notes they will be stuffing into their wallet at the end of each month, more than actually playing football.

Lingard appears to have thought long and hard about this decision. Given the rapport with David Moyes and the West Ham fans that he struck up, it would have been so easy for him to go there and fight for a place in the team.

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Ultimately, Lingard feels he will play more far more frequently at Forest. He knows that in order to shine he needs to be doing that consistently and the ball is now in his court as far as winning his England place back goes.

Forest might have struck gold with the former United man. The proof will, of course, be in the performances but his comments since arriving have been refreshing, to say the least. Even if West Ham fans won’t want to hear them!

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