Manchester United have completed the signing of Cote d’Ivoire defender Eric Bailly from Villareal on a four-year contract, making him Jose Mourinho’s first signing at the club.
Bailly’s signing was confirmed on Manchester United’s official website on Wednesday.
The contract which is subject to a work permit, can be extended for a further two years.
A statement on the United’s website reads: “Manchester United is delighted to announce that Eric Bertrand Bailly has completed his transfer from Villarreal CF, subject to successfully obtaining a work permit. Eric joins on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further two years.
“Bailly, 22, made 47 appearances for Villarreal since joining on 29 January 2015. The Ivory Coast central defender has made 15 appearances for his country and was part of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations-winning team, having appeared in all six matches during the competition.”
Speaking on his transfer to Manchester United, Bailly expressed confidence that working with United new boss Jose Mourinho, will improve him as a footballer.
“It is a dream come true to be joining Manchester United. To play football at the highest level is all I have ever wanted to do.
“I want to progress to be the best that I can be and I believe working with Jose Mourinho will help me develop in the right way and at the right club. I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and to starting this new chapter of my life.”
And according to Mourinho: “Eric is a young central defender with great natural talent. He has progressed well to date and has the potential to become one of the best around.
“We look forward to working with him to help nurture that raw talent and fulfil his potential. Eric is at the right club to continue his development.”