Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has revealed he hopes to play alongside Benfica defender Victor Lindelof at Old Trafford.
The Swede has been heavily linked with a Premier League move in the January transfer, but the form of Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones a dispute between between Benfica and Lindelof’s old side Vasteras, reportedly forced Man United into cooling their interest.
He was recalled into the Benfica side this weekend for the victory over Vitoria Guimares after missing the previous two domestic cup fixtures.
Speaking about Lindelof, Bailly insists it would be brilliant to have him at Man United.
“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.
“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.”
His deal allegedly hit a stumbling block when Benfica tried to renegotiate his sell-on clause with former club Vaseras as Benfica had failed to pay them £225,000 as part of the original deal once Lindelof had made 10 first-team appearances.
However, it has all been given the go ahead since and it’s good to see Bailly responding positively to some more competition at United.