REPORT: 49-Cap Defender Leaves Manchester United To Join European Club

REPORT: 49-Cap Defender Leaves Manchester United To Join European Club

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has left the club to join Turkish giants Besiktas on a one-year deal, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano on Twitter.

It is unclear as to how much Besiktas have paid United for them to allow Bailly to join the Super League – Romano does not specify this detail in his tweet.

On Twitter, Romano wrote: “Official, confirmed. Eric Bailly signs in as new Besiktas player on permanent deal from Man United. One year contract, completed.”

A statement from Besiktas on the transfer reads [via BBC Sport]: “Our club has reached an agreement with Manchester United for the final transfer of Ivorian defender Eric Bailly.

“We wish Eric Bailly, who we believe will provide important services to our club, great success with our glorious jersey, and present it to the public with our respect.”

Is this a good deal for all parties involved?

It seemed evident that there was no room for Eric Bailly at Manchester United – upon his departure, he was either the fifth or sixth choice centre-back at the club (depending on how willing Erik Ten Hag is to deploy the newly-signed Jonny Evans).

Due to this, it makes sense to let go of Bailly. It seems evident that had he remained at Old Trafford, his game time would have been limited at best – at the age of 29, this would not have been an ideal situation for the player.

Besiktas have got themselves a great player (when he is fit) – while he can be erratic in his decision-making, he is very physically gifted. Not only is he a powerful player, he also possesses incredible pace for a central defender.

Eric Bailly’s time at Manchester United

For all the hype that surrounded Bailly when he joined United, his time at the club was largely marred by inconsistent form and a litany of injuries.

All in all, Bailly made 70 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils over the course of seven years at the club – during that time, he scored a solitary league goal. In addition to this, he has also earned 49 caps for the Ivory Coast.