DONE DEAL: Manchester United complete Eric Bailly transfer

Manchester United have confirmed that they have today completed the signing of 22-year old defender Eric Bailly from La Liga club Villarreal.

The defender has signed a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further two years and becomes the first signing of the Jose Mourinho era at Old Trafford. The deal to bring the Ivory Coast defender to England is thought to be worth around £32million, inclusive of addons.

Upon signing for United, 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 teammates Antral starting this new chapter of my life.

His new manager Jose Mourinho added:

Eric is a young central defender with a 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.

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