‘I hope to play with him’: Bailly urges Manchester United to sign central defensive target

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Eric Bailly has indicated his delight at rumours linking Manchester United with a January move for Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, saying that he hopes to be paired with the Swede in the eventually that the transfer comes to fruition over the next month.

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In what has already become one of the sagas of the winter window, United had appeared on course to add the towering 22-year-old to their squad at the end of last month, only for rumours over an impending transfer to be wide of the mark.

But as rumours persist over a potential switch for Lindelof to Old Trafford, current Red Devils centre-back Bailly responded to the speculation by admitting that he’d love to play with the Benfica defender in a new-look Jose Mourinho defence.

“I hope to play with him. Hopefully he will help us,” he said.

“He is a very good player. He has great qualities and will certainly do well if he comes to us.”


United are currently well-stocked at centre-back given the presence of the likes of Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones, however, ex-Villarreal man Bailly- himself a summer signing- suggested that increased competition brought about by new additions could only be a good thing for the north-west outfit.

“We have many good central defenders – Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones – but I hope I get to play with Lindelof,” he added.

“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.”

United sit in sixth-place in the table at the time of writing, having conceded just 19 goals in 20 Premier League matches- the third best record in the division.

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