Eric Bailly, the outcast defender of Manchester United, is reportedly set to leave the club at the end of this season.
The 28-year-old joined the Old Trafford outfit back in 2016 from La Liga side Villarreal. The defender has showcased glimpses of his talent occasionally, however, it wasn’t enough to prove his doubters wrong.
Meanwhile, the Ivory Coast international struggled with his injury problems since joining the club and despite possessing every attribute to become a world-class defender, fitness issues have restricted his development and prevented him from reaching his full potential.
The 28-year-old’s first-team appearances have dried up severely this season, making only eight appearances in all competitions.
Manchester United will start rebuilding their squad this summer and several players are reportedly willing to leave the club and the outcast defender’s future is likely to be away from the Old Trafford stadium as per the report from the Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.
Romano tweeted that the Red Devils have decided to offload Eric Bailly this summer. But, it is not clear yet whether he would go out on loan or permanently as it will be dependent on the proposals.
Cashing in on Eric Bailly will be the right decision by Manchester United. The 28-year-old was offered a new contract last year by the former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. However, the Norwegian boss only gave a handful of opportunities to the Ivorian to showcase his talent.
The Red Devils need to strengthen their backline this summer and in order to bring new faces in, the club’s hierarchy will have to offload a few of the underperforming players. Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are among those players who should find their future away from the Old Trafford stadium.
Manchester United are currently sitting sixth in the table with 58 points in 37 games. They will have to find a positive result on the final day against Crystal Palace to secure their place in the Europa League having failed to qualify for the Champions League.
Meanwhile, after enduring a difficult season, Manchester United have reportedly scrapped their annual award-winning ceremony at the end of this season.