Eric Bailly reacts to Manchester United pushing to lure Raphael Varane from Real Madrid

Eric Bailly reacts to Manchester United pushing to lure Raphael Varane from Real Madrid

Eric Bailly welcomes the idea that Manchester United are pushing to sign a new centre-half in the summer but warned that an exit would be on the cards if he wasn’t given enough playing time.

Man United are linked with moves to lure a centre-back at the end of the season to pair alongside Harry Maguire at the back and the like of Raphael Varane is linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Gary Neville had earlier urged Manchester United to sign Varane from Real Madrid alongside Jadon Sancho and Harry Kane in order to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title.

Eric Bailly hasn’t really played much this season because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prefers Maguire and Victor Lindelof’s partnership the most.

Signing a new centre-back whilst having Maguire, Lindelof, and Axel Tuanzebe at United means Bailly’s playing time will be drastically limited.

And while Bailly has welcomed the prospect of a new arrival in his position, the former Villareal defender insists he will be a benchwarmer next season.

‘Competition is always good to improve,’ Eric Bailly 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.

Eric Bailly welcomes Manchester United's idea to sign a new centre-back
Eric Bailly welcomes Manchester United’s idea to sign a new centre-back

‘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.’

Manchester United will look to end their season with a trophy when they play Villareal in the Europa League final on Wednesday at Gdansk, Poland.

With Harry Maguire out injured, Solskjaer could decide to go with Lindelof and Eric Bailly at the back and the Ivorian defender would look to put out a good performance in order to change his Norwegian boss’s transfer plans.