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Eric Bailly has officially left Manchester United for Olympique Marseille

By Harry Smith

Eric Bailly has officially left Manchester United for Olympique Marseille

After six years at the club, Eric Bailly will join Olympique Marseille

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Olympique Marseille has officially announced the signing of Eric Bailly from Manchester United in a loan deal worth around €3 million for the rest of the season. However, this deal includes an obligation to buy clause of €6m which will be automatically triggered if the French club qualifies for next season’s UEFA Champions League.

The centre-back was signed by the Red Devils back in 2016 from Villarreal for a fee of around €38 million as he was considered one of the most promising young defenders in world football. In his debut season, he played 38 matches and won three trophies: Community Shield, EFL Cup, and the UEFA Europa League.

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Unfortunately, injuries started to trouble his career and made him miss a lot of fixtures with the team. After six years at the club, the Ivory Coast defender only managed to make 113 appearances and score one goal. As the years went by his game time on the field continued to decrease until the club had to look for another team interested in him.

His former manager who brought him to the club, Jose Mourinho really pushed to take Bailly with him again, but this time to AS Roma. Other Premier League clubs approached Manchester United for his loan, but the club only wanted to sell him. In the end the former Villarreal player chose Marseille as his new destination because of Champions League football.

All the best to Bailly

Even though he never reached his full potential, Eric Bailly definitely earned the love and respect of all Manchester United fans. He always left it all on the field and his charisma made him very likable to fans and teammates. At 28 years of age, he is still very young and hopefully, he can turn his career around at Marseille.

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