Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has completed a move to Besiktas
United allowed the free transfer even when the player did not run out of his contract at Old Trafford. That only means one thing — that his contract was terminated and he was allowed to join his new club for free.
United manager Erik ten Hag did not have Bailly as part of his plans. He spent the 2022-23 season on loan at Ligue 1 club Marseille. He didn’t impress a lot there, and it has become clear that he won’t have a future here given Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire’s presence.
Bailly made a controversial comment during his loan spell by accusing United of favoritism toward English players. It is clear that such comments would certainly have irked United’s hierarchy.
Manchester United have rid themselves of Bailly’s wages, which is a good thing. If there was a lack of interest in the player, then it made sense to leave him for free because otherwise, any club that did come to the table may not have been open to paying a transfer fee.
The Ivorian international made a total of 113 appearances for United. Former United manager Jose Mourinho signed Bailly from Villarreal in June 2016. Despite his quality, Bailly struggled with injuries throughout his spell at United.
United are currently going through an injury crisis in defense. Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane are out for a substantial amount of time. Ten Hag will be hoping that his key players return from injury very soon. Lisandro Martinez also suffered a foot injury with his return date currently unknown.
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But even with all of this, Bailly’s performances and fitness issues never made him a real contender to be a regular starter here. At Besiktas, he will have the chance to play more and at his age, he still has time to rekindle his career.
Manchester United fans would wish him nothing but the best at his new club.