Eric Bailly has reportedly been given assurances by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his Manchester United future after January interest in the defender.
The Ivory Coast centre-back, 24, started on the bench against Cardiff in Solskjaer’s first game and since then he has started just twice in the Premier League – one of those games was against Bournemouth when he was red carded.
Solskjaer confirmed that Arsenal had enquired about Bailly last month, but the Norwegian refused to let Bailly depart with Arsenal looking for a loan with a view to a permanent transfer.
PSG are also understood to have registered an interest in the player last month, but were also warned off with Solskjaer keen on keeping Bailly in his first-team thinking.
The Sun report the pair held talks after Bailly’s suspension when it was “made clear he is in Solskjaer’s plans for the big games coming up”.
Bailly did start against Leicester at the weekend and he was effective against the pace of Jamie Vardy and with United facing PSG next week and the speedster Kylian Mbappe, he could get another run out.
Solskjaer is considering using him instead of Victor Lindelof in the Champions League last-16 tie.
His long-term future could well come under the microscope in the summer, whether or not Solskjaer’s stay is made permanent.
The £30million signing from Villarreal two-and-a-half years ago has not really progressed as much as Old Trafford officials would have liked with just nine Premier League and Champions League starts this season.
He is out of contract in June 2020 and although he is likely to have a 12-month extension which the club can choose to activate, if he;s not offered a new deal in the summer the writing maybe on the wall for Bailly.
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