Eric Bailly has revealed he will consider leaving Manchester United if he doesn’t get enough game time in the future.
The Ivorian centre-back has recently renewed his contract, signing a deal that will last until 2024, potentially 2025 if the option to trigger a further year is taken.
Bailly has largely struggled to remain fit during his time at United, meaning he’s never really been a consistent first-choice option for the centre-back position.
Some fans questioned why Bailly renewed his contract and if it was even a good deal for the Red Devils but he expands on what happened below.
According to The Times, Bailly said: “Before signing the contract I wanted to be clear about my future in the team. If I’m going to get minutes and if I’m going to be OK, because I’m aware that I’ve had a lot of injuries.
“But I’m back and I feel strong and fit. I think I can be at the level that a top club like Manchester United requires.
“I spoke to him [Solskjaer] and he told me he wanted me to stay. The most important thing was not the renewal but the conversation we had: we sat down, we talked and he told me what he wanted from me and that he wanted me to continue.
“Competition is always good to improve. I just say that I want to stay in case I get the chance to play. I don’t want to be a starter one game and a substitute for another five.
“If that happens I will have to look for another solution. The new contract is fine but if I don’t play I will be open to listen to other proposals.”
The Peoples Person last covered Bailly’s contract extension almost a month ago when it was claimed securing his long-term future meant Manchester United could focus their attention on signing a top-class attacker.
The news of late suggests the club are still looking for a partner for Maguire so perhaps the defence department is not quite complete just yet.