Done Deal: £30m Defender signs new long-term contract with Man Utd

By | April 27, 2021

Manchester United have announce that defender Eric Bailly has agreed on a new long-term contract despite rumours linked him with a departure from Old Trafford.

The Ivory Coast international has arrived at Old Trafford for £30million from Villarreal back in 2016, however, injuries have hindered his five years at the club.

The 27-year-old centre-back had around 15 months to run on his current deal at the club and the Red Devils had made it clear to his agents towards the back end of 2020 that they were keen for him to put pen on a new deal.

There had been rumours that the Red Devils desperation was down to the fact that they planned on selling Ivorian defender, and therefore wanted him to put pen on a new deal to avoid losing him for free.

However, Bailly spoke to Solskjaer about his prospects at the club and his plans for sharing playing time between himself and Lindelof next to the Red Devils skipper Harry Maguire in the heart of the backline.

‘I’m very happy,‘ said Bailly.

‘This decision is something I didn’t have to think about, I love this club and I love playing for Manchester United. I’m happy and so are my family, everything is good.

‘Now the moment with my injury has passed and I’m fit and feel good, and that’s it. A new contract is like a new challenge and I’m ready for this.‘

Solskjaer had planned on securing the services of a centre-back in the summer, with the Los Blancos star Raphael Varane a leading target.

However, Real Madrid slapped £65m price tag for the Frenchman and the 20-times English champions would prefer to wait until 2022 when he will be available on a free transfer.