Eric Bailly is concerned over his future at Manchester United following the club’s decision to sign Raphael Varane from Real Madrid, according to reports.
United are on the verge of completing a deal for the France international after agreeing a £41m deal with Madrid.
United will pay an initial fee of £34m for Varane with a further £7m in add-ons. The 28-year-old’s contract with Madrid was due to expire next summer, and the Spanish club were unwilling to see the defender leave on a free transfer.
Bailly, meanwhile, has struggled with injuries during his time at Old Trafford and started just 10 games in the Premier League last season.
According to ESPN, the Ivory Coast international is ‘concerned’ that the arrival of Varane will restrict his first-team opportunities even further.
The report also claims that Axel Tuanzebe is seeking a move away with Newcastle United already registering their interest.
Speaking in May, Bailly indicated that he would look for a new club if his chances of a regular role at United were reduced.
‘Competition is always good to improve,’ Bailly, whose deal with United runs until at least 2023, told The Times.
‘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.’
Bailly is currently representing Ivory Coast at the Olympics and should they make the final the defender will be in Tokyo until at least August 7 – just seven days before United’s Premier League opener against Leeds United.
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