Eric Bailly signs for United .

Eric Bailly signs for Manchester United

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Manchester United have completed the signing of Villarreal defender Eric Bailly.

As reported by the club's official site, Bailly, 22, has put pen to paper on a four-year deal with the option to extend for a further two years. 

The Ivory Coast international is one of the most highly rated defenders in Europe and has played a prominent role for Villarreal since joining them in 2015. 


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The exciting defender has insisted that it's a 'dream come true to be joining Manchester United' and believes new United boss Jose Mourinho will help him progress. 

He stated: "It is a dream come true to be joining Manchester United. To play football at the highest level is all I have ever wanted to do.

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"I want to progress to be the best that I can be and I believe working with Jose Mourinho will help me develop in the right way and at the right club. I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and to starting this new chapter of my life."

New United manager Mourinho has also had his say on the transfer, insisting that Bailly has the 'potential' to become one of the best defenders around. 

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"Eric is a young central defender with great natural talent. He has progressed well to date and has the potential to become one of the best around.

"We look forward to working with him to help nurture that raw talent and fulfil his potential. Eric is at the right club to continue his development."

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United fans will now be hoping to see enigmatic striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic follow Bailly to the club. The 34-year-old, who is set to be available on a free transfer this summer, is recognised as one of the leading forwards in world football. 

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