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Man Utd outcast Ten Hag doesn’t rate left in limbo with second club rejecting chance to sign him

Anthony Martial and Eric Bailly react to Manchester United losing

Eric Bailly is reportedly expected to leave Manchester United this summer, after failing to impress while on loan with French club Marseille. 

Erik ten Hag deemed the centre-back surplus to requirements last summer before loaning him out and it seems like the manager has seen nothing to change his mind this season.

Indeed, given the recent performances of Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane, it seems very unlikely that Bailly will be in the Dutchman’s plans for the future.

Now, according to French outlet L’Equipe, the defender is reportedly resigned to never playing for the Red Devils again, despite his contract being valid until the summer of 2024.

They add that Bailly is ‘under no illusions’ of having any future at Marseille, either, after playing just 800 minutes for them this term, which has caused him ‘sincere sadness.’

Now, everything is pointing towards the Red Devils selling the centre-back this summer.

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Bailly to be left in limbo next season

Bailly was signed for £30m by Jose Mourinho in 2016, but never really lived up to his potential at Man Utd.

In seven years, the defender has made just 113 appearances for the Red Devils. After Mourinho was sacked two years after his arrival, he has  particularly struggled to get consistent playing time.

Indeed, Bailly played just 217 Premier League minutes for Man Utd last term, with the likes of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof moving ahead of him in the pecking order.

As a result, Ten Hag opted to loan send him out on loan to try and regain some form but as mentioned, the centre-back has disappointed again – starting just three Ligue 1 matches for Marseille.

Bailly also picked up a seven-game suspension after making a dangerous tackle in a French Cup game against Hyeres, where Bailly landed Moussa N’Diaye in hospital after he sinking his studs into his ribs.

Given Bailly’s failure to make a good impression this season, it’s no real surprise Man Utd are looking to offload him this summer.

Also, the fact that Marseille are unwilling to pay just £5m to secure his services permanently, says a lot about his lack of impact.

With that in mind, the Ivory Coast international could potentially be available on a reduced fee this summer, as the Red Devils look to get him off the books.

The problem is, with Bailly on a reported wage of £80,000 per week at Man Utd, it’s unlikely any club will be willing to take him off their hands.

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