‘I hope to play with him’: Bailly urges Manchester United to sign central defensive targetPublished January 09, 2017
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.
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.