Central defender Eric Bailly has joined Manchester United from Spanish side Villarreal on a four-year contract with the option to extend for a further two years, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Bailly, who has 15 caps for Ivory Coast, made 47 appearances for Villarreal after joining in 2015. The 22-year-old, who has joined for a fee believed to be around £30 million, becomes the first signing for manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.
“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,” Bailly said.
“I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and to starting this new chapter of my life.”
“Eric is a young central defender with great natural talent,” Mourinho told manutd.com. “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.”