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Eric Bailly to turn down a new contract at Man Utd

Out-of-favour defender Eric Bailly is unwilling to extend his contract at Manchester United and looks set to leave when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

According to ESPN, the Ivory Coast international has made up his mind on his future and is ready to turn down a contract extension at Old Trafford.

Often regarded as a talented, albeit unpredictable centre-back, Bailly has endured mixed fortunes since completing his £30 million move from Villarreal in 2016.

Another injury-plagued season has seen the 27-year-old rack up only eight Premier League appearances.

Since the turn of the year, he has made just two outings in all competitions.

With Victor Lindelof establishing himself as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s favoured partner for Harry Maguire, Bailly feels he has no future in Manchester.

The Ivorian defender has grown increasingly frustrated with a lack of first-team action and will look to revive his career elsewhere.

A return to Villarreal is very much on the cards, as Solskjaer looks to use his third-choice centre-back as a makeweight in the deal to sign Pau Torres.

The rising Spanish star has emerged as one of United’s prime objectives for the summer after enjoying a stellar season in La Liga.

Recent reports have said the Red Devils have already initiated contacts with the Yellow Submarine to discuss the 24-year-old’s availability.

Bailly has just over a year left on his contract at the Theatre of Dreams, which could force United to offload him.

The Premier League giants are bracing themselves for a busy summer, and Solskjaer may need to raise cash to fund his transfer activities.

In addition to Villarreal, several other Spanish clubs have shown interest in Bailly, with some unnamed Serie A clubs also in the mix.

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