By Andy Hyslop
- Eric Bailly completed transfer to Manchester United, subject to work permit
- Signing a four-year contract with the option to extend by a further two years
Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Ivory Coast International defender Eric Bertrand Bailly from Spanish side Villarreal CF, subject to successfully obtaining a work permit.
Eric Bailly has signed a four-year contract at Old Trafford, with the option to extend by a further two years.
Bailly 22, made 47 appearances for Villarreal after joining them from Espanyol in January 2015. He has made 15 appearances for his country and part of the squad that won the 2015 African Cup of Nations, playing in all six games.
Bailly said: “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.
“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.”
Mourinho said: “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.
“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.”