Villarreal defender Eric Bailly has sealed a move to Manchester United, becoming new manager Jose Mourinho’s first signing in the process.
The player has reportedly completed a medical at the club but awaits a work permit before he can take to the field, reports the Manchester United’s website. The player joins on an initial four-year deal but has the option to extend that deal by a further two years.
The 22-year-old made 47 appearances for the Yellow Submarine, having joined the club in January 2015.
‘It is a dream come true to be joining Manchester United. To play football at the highest level is all I have ever wanted to do.’ said Bailly.
‘I want to progress to be the best that I can be and I believe working with Jose Mourinho will help me develop in the right way and at the right club. I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and to starting this new chapter of my life.’
‘Eric is a young central defender with great natural talent. He has progressed well to date and has the potential to become one of the best around.’ said manager Jose Mourinho of the deal.
‘We look forward to working with him to help nurture that raw talent and fulfil his potential. Eric is at the right club to continue his development.’
The Ivorian defender also featured in all six of his country’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations games en route to lifting the trophy.
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