Eric Bailly has been confirmed as Jose Mourinho’s first Manchester United signing after the Villarreal centre-back passed his medical at Old Trafford. According to a statement released on the club’s official website on Wednesday, Eric joins on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further two years.
“Manchester United is delighted to announce that Eric Bertrand Bailly has completed his transfer from Villarreal CF, subject to successfully obtaining a work permit. Eric joins on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further two years.”
The 22-year-old Ivorian have made 47 appearances for Villarreal since joining on 29 January 2015, made 15 appearances for his country and was part of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations-winning team, having appeared in all six matches during the competition.
Speaking after the move was confirmed, 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.”
United Manager, Jose Mourinho also had this to say about the youngster:
“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 fulfill his potential. Eric is at the right club to continue his development.”
The Ivory Coast international had previously been watched by Manchester City, Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, but opted for Old Trafford and Mourinho this summer.