How I Felt When Mourinho Came To Sign Me, Eric Baily Reveals


Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has revealed that he was like a ‘dream’ when he found out that Jose Mourinho was interested in signing him.

The Ivorien centre-back made a stunning move from Villareal to United in last summer to become Mourinho’s first major signing at Old Trafford and Bailly reveals he felt ‘it was a dream’.

He told The Guardian UK, “I found out when I was in the Ivory Coast.

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“I didn’t believe it was true, I thought it was a dream. Afterwards I found it was true that the team was interested in me and it was something big for me, and I am thankful for everything that happened in that moment.

“When I came to Manchester, it was a bigger step from when I was in Villarreal.

“It is something that is not easy, when you come to a team where there are players that have more experience in the English league. I had to see how the football was played.

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“For me, it wasn’t difficult [to settle fast at the club] because I had very good teammates that helped and were always looking after me, all of this helped me join the group and that is why it wasn’t that difficult.

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“I’ve had the luck to be in a dressing room that is like family. The majority speak French and Spanish, like Ander [Herrera], Juan [Mata] as well as Paul [Pogba] and [Anthony] Martial and the English players, such as Chris Smalling and the others, treated me like family as well.

“The team has always been at a world-class level, they have just had some bad moments.

“But now it’s time to give Manchester United its value. That comes with our hard work and that’s what all the players do that come – like Lukaku and Paul, and also Lindelof.

“With all the hard work we put in we are going to demonstrate that we are again a world-class club.”

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