Eric Bailly has warned that he will be open to offers if he doesn’t play regularly next season. So, Bailly may exit Manchester United despite his new contract with them, that he has just signed.
United invested £30 million ($42m) in Bailly when luring his talents away from Villarreal in the summer of 2016.
There, at Old Trafford, he enjoyed a strong first season under Jose Mourinho. Indeed, they then won a Carabao Cup and Europa League double for that campaign.
However, Bailly has seen his playing time fall from then on as persistent fitness issues have limited his overall contribution.
And the 2020-21 season marks his latest injury-ravaged campaign in Manchester. He has consistently been left out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s roster for Europa League fixtures, in particular.
Solskjaer convinced the Ivorian to agree to a three-year deal in April, which ties him to Old Trafford until 2024.
But now, it seems Bailly may exit Manchester United despite his new contract.
The Ivorian says he won’t hesitate to explore other options if Solskjaer does not offer him a starting role.
Bailly Will Bail Himself Out?
Though his current United manager showed faith in Bailly despite his injury record, the latter lacks confidence in United.
Bailly has insisted that he isn’t bound to the new agreement. He has vowed to explore other options if he is not afforded a starting spot in Solskjaer’s squad next season.
“Competition is always good to improve,” the 27-year-old told The Times. “I just say that I want to stay in case I get the chance to play.”
“I don’t want to be a starter one game and a substitute for another five,” he elaborated.
“If that happens, I will have to look for another solution,” he said. “The new contract is fine but if I don’t play, I will be open to listen to other proposals.”