Bailly ‘hoping’ to play alongside long-term Man United target

Date published: Monday 9th January 2017 7:54

Eric Bailly: Talks up Lindelof move

Eric Bailly believes he and Victor Lindelof would be a great fit in central defence at Manchester United and is hoping to play alongside him.

The move for the Benfica defender is reportedly back on after the Portuguese club settled a dispute with his former team Vasteras over his reported sell-on fee.

Now the Ivory Coast international is ready to welcome the Swede to Manchester United where he hopes he can form a great partnership with him.

“I hope to play with him. Hopefully he will help us,” Bailly told Fotbollskanalen after his nation’s 2-1 win over Sweden in Abu Dhabi.

“He is a very good player. He has great qualities and will certainly do well if he comes to us.”

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“We have many good central defenders – Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones – but I hope I get to play with Lindelof,” he added.

“I don’t have a guaranteed place and I know I have to be good to play. We’re all fighting to play. I think we have done well. We have done our best.

“The day we get to play, if it comes, we must take advantage of that opportunity. I think we would fit well together.”

Manchester United have also been linked with a move for AS Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, but face competition from Chelsea and Manchester City.

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