Mourinho won’t like it – Eric Bailly reveals his football idol

August 18, 2017

Manchester United centre-back Eric Bailly has revealed that Real Madrid icon Sergio Ramos and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba were his footballing idols.

The Ivory Coast international has established himself as one of Man United’s key stars following his £30m move from Villarreal last summer.

The 23-year-old Bailly admitted he found the adjustment to Premier League football tough going at first but sought inspiration from his compatriot Didier Drogba, and the Los Blancos captain Sergio Ramos who had numerous run-ins with Jose Mourinho during their time together at the Santiago Bernabeu.

During his interview, Bailly said: ‘When I came to Manchester, it was a bigger step from when I was in Villarreal. It is something that is not easy, when you come to a team where there are players that have more experience in the English league.

‘I had to see how the football was played. For me it wasn’t difficult because I had very good team-mates that helped and were always looking after me. The dressing room is like a family.”

‘When I came to Manchester, it was a bigger step from when I was in Villarreal. It is something that is not easy, when you come to a team where there are players that have more experience in the English league.

‘I had to see how the football was played. For me it wasn’t difficult because I had very good team-mates that helped and were always looking after me. The dressing room is like a family.’

‘I was following Marseille and looking up to my compatriot playing there, Didier Drogba, and my team was Marseille,’ Bailly added.

‘I would try to be a striker even though I wasn’t and once I started growing up and seeing professional football was a step closer I would look at Sergio Ramos. I always looked up to Ramos as an example and watched him a lot.’