A number of changes could take place at Manchester United over the coming months. While the club are expected to make a few signings in the summer transfer window, a few could be headed for the exit door as well.
One such player might turn out to be Eric Bailly. The Ivory Coast defender has had his fair share of injury issues during his time at the club, which have kept him on the sidelines on a number of occasions.
And while he has played well when on the pitch this season, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice centre-back pairing throughout the course of the campaign.
At the end of the season, Bailly will have only one more year left on his contract with the club. And it has led to speculation that he could be on his way out of Old Trafford. As reported by Manchester United’s official website, Solskjaer was asked about Bailly’s future and he said:
"“Eric has played well when he has played. I know there has been speculation, we are talking to him about his contract so I don’t see any issues really.”"
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Does Bailly have a future at Manchester United?
There is no denying the fact that when fit and on form, Bailly is one of the best defenders at the club at this point of time.
Unfortunately though, he has not played very often in recent times. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has made just 15 appearances and featured for 1222 minutes of football till now this season. And with his contract running down, the club might have to let him leave in the summer if they cannot agree a new deal with him in the near future.
The fact that there are discussions though, suggest that Solskjaer sees the Ivory Coast defender in his long-term plans.
Will he remain at Old Trafford for the foreseeable future? Only time will tell and all we can do at this point is wait and see what transpires regarding his contract situation.