Jesse Lingard has opened up on how he was close to taking a complete break from football during the lockdown period.
Lingard has revived his career after joining West Ham United on loan from Manchester United until the end of the current season. The England international didn't get enough playtime at United and was thinking of quitting football as well as battling mental health problems and his mother's depression.
Lingard has now reflected on the struggles he had while at United.
"I could have easily quit in lockdown. I could have been like 'nah, I don't want to do it, I quit, I give up'. But the fight in me always brings me back to life," the forward said.
"Not quit football, just have a time-out, really. I was going into games happy sitting on the bench, and that's not me. My mind wasn't there, I wasn't focused at all. I was thinking about other things, and obviously bottling it all up trying to play football, you're tense, you're stressed and you can't do it.
"There were some days where I used to have a game at 8 pm and we'd go to the hotel in the afternoon, I'd sleep from two until four, shut my curtains in the dark, and then wake up in the dark and you don't get any sunlight.
"So I was advised by the doctors, as soon as you get up in the morning, jump out of bed, open the curtains and even the little things can really change your attitude."
Jesse Lingard has revealed how close he came to taking a complete break from football during the lockdown as he battled mental health problems and his mother's depression.