Ivory Coast central defender, Eric Bertrand Bailly, became José Mourinho’s first signing at Manchester United today after completing his transfer from Villareal CF, with a fee in the region of £30M. The 22-year old has signed a 4-year deal with the club, with the possibility of an additional 2-year extension. Bailly has made 47 appearances with Villareal CF, along with 15 appearances for his country.
Extract of Bailey’s and Mourinho’s respective interviews are as follows:
Bailly: “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.”
Mourinho: “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 fulfil his potential. Eric is at the right club to continue his development.”
Welcome aboard lad, hope you play a great part in the quest for silverware for the coming season.