Eric Bailly has signed a new contract with Manchester United – but the club may have tripped themselves up.
The Ivory Coast international, 27, has penned a new deal that runs until June 2024 with an option of a further year.
"This decision is something I didn’t have to think about, I love this club and I love playing for Manchester United," the centre-back told the club website.
However, this deal could give United something to think about if they don't see a return on their investment like with another current defender on the books.
Phil Jones signed a contract until 2023, but ever since the ink has dried on that deal in February 2019, he has only appeared 16 times.
A troublesome knee injury has kept Jones out for the season with a total of 318 days on the sidelines.
Bailly hasn't been any luckier with injuries by comparison, having only featured in 26.9 per cent of the available minutes in the Premier League since signing for Manchester United in 2016 from Villarreal.
In just his second season, the Africa Cup of Nations winner was out for 100 days with an ankle injury that sparked a bad run of fitness.
Knocks to his back and head followed with knee surgery keeping him out of the side from the 2019 summer to the start of 2020.
Even when he got back on his feet, he seemed to get knocked down again in subsequent weeks.
And this year, he couldn't avoid picking up the coronavirus between March and April.
"I hope I can be ready and I don’t get any injuries and to be strong and finish the season well," Bailly said after signing his contract.
With Bailly's fitness record, United will hope they have not tempted fate.
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