Eric Bailly has essentially confirmed Victor Lindelof's move to Man United

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Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has essentially confirmed Victor Lindelof’s move to Old Trafford. The Benfica centre-half has been linked with a transfer for weeks and official confirmation of a deal could be close. The development comes after Bailly admitted that he was looking forward to playing alongside Lindelof in a chat with Swedish football site Fotbollskanalen.

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Jose Mourinho has said that he won’t sign a defender in January despite Marcos Rojo picking up an injury during the 4-0 FA Cup win over Reading.

With Bailly representing Ivory Coast at AFCON, it leaves Mourinho with only two recognised senior central defenders in Jones and Smalling.

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Bailly welcomed the potential competition, saying: “I hope to play with him. Hopefully, he will help us. He is a very good player. He has great qualities and will certainly do well if he comes to us. We have many good central defenders – Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones – but I hope I get to play with Lindelof.

“I don’t have a guaranteed place and I know I have to be good to play. We’re all fighting to play. I think we have done well. We have done our best. The day we get to play, if it comes, we must take advantage of that opportunity. I think we would fit well together.”

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