Man Utd activate contract option to retain services of defender

Date published: Friday 17th January 2020 8:24

Nemanja Matic; Eric Bailly TEAMtalk

Manchester United have extended Eric Bailly’s contract by two years, according to widespread reports.

Bailly has been working his way back from injury this season, with his contract due to expire at the end of the campaign.

However, various sources now report that Man Utd have triggered their option to extend his contract for another two seasons – meaning he will stay at Old Trafford until 2022.

The 25-year-old has made 74 appearances for the club since joining for £30m from Villarreal in 2016, with his only goal in the Premier League coming in the 2017-18 season.

ESPN, Sky Sports News and the Telegraph all carry stories claiming that United have activated the extension in Bailly’s contract to give him the chance to continue his journey with the club.

Solskjaer suggested this week that he could return in time to make his first appearance of the season against Liverpool on Sunday.

“He’s very close, might be back for the weekend, got a game arranged today for the reserves, hopefully get 90 mins so might be ready for Liverpool,” Solskjaer said on Tuesday.

“Probably similar squad to what we were this weekend against Norwich. Eric playing today so he is close to full fitness but still a few days early this one.”

If that proves to be too early for Bailly, then the FA Cup clash against the winner of the replay between Watford and Tranmere is pencilled in as a more likely return date, with that game set to take place on 26th January.

Meanwhile, another defender has left Old Trafford, as Ashley Young’s move to Inter Milan has been made official.

The full-back has become the third player to trade United for Inter in the past year, following teammates Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to San Siro. Read more here…


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