Jose Mourinho has hailed new Manchester United signing Eric Bailly as having the potential “to become one of the best around”.
Bailly has become Mourinho’s first signing as United manager since the Portuguese’s appointment last month, with the defender joining from La Liga side Villarreal.
United will pay a reported £30million for the 22-year-old, who will sign a four-year deal at the club, with an option to extend for a further two years. The move will be completed subject to successfully obtaining a work permit for the Ivorian.
Discussing his transfer with United’s official website, Bailly said: “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.”
Mourinho praised the youngster’s potential, adding: “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.”