Solskjaer discusses Eric Bailly contract situation

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has discussed Eric Bailly’s contract situation and has revealed Manchester United are in discussions with the defender over a new deal.

Bailly will enter the final year of his contract this summer and the club have opened talks over the possibility of an extension, despite the centre-back having been plagued by injuries since a £30m move from Villarreal in 2016.

The Ivorian has failed to play more than 20 fixtures in any of the past three campaigns, with his appearance against AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday remarkably only his 100th for the Red Devils.

Bailly has made 15 appearances so far this season and has impressed on occasion alongside Harry Maguire, the defender’s recovery pace proving a valuable attribute alongside the England international.

With Phil Jones expected to leave this summer and Axel Tuanzebe having struggled to win favour, Solskjaer has now revealed the club are in talks with Bailly over a new deal as they assess their centre-back options.

“We have started talking,” Solskjaer said at his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s clash with West Ham.

“Eric is keeping fitter for longer and I have been very happy with him.

“His playing style has made him miss too many games. One hundred games is not enough for the period that he has been here.”

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