Eric Bailly's set to sign shock new Man Utd deal after being given reassurances

Eric Bailly is reportedly closing in on agreeing a contract extension at Manchester United to keep him at Old Trafford for another four years.

The defender's current contract has just over a year to run, and with the club looking to sign another centre back this summer and Bailly's first-team opportunities already increasingly limited, a departure at the end of the season seemed likely.

However, according to ESPN, progress was made in negotiations between United and the 27-year-old last week, with Bailly satisfied that he will get enough minutes should he stay fit.

The Ivorian has made just seven Premier League starts so far this season, finding himself behind favoured pairing Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire in the pecking order and used primarily as back-up along with Axel Tuanzebe.

He was an unused substituted for United's 0-0 draw with Leeds in their last match, having missed the club's three previous matches after testing positive for Covid-19 while on international duty.

Bailly has made more than 100 appearances for United since he arrived for £30million in 2016 from Villarreal as Jose Mourinho's first signing as manager at the club.

Injuries have hampered his progress though, and limited the defender to just 37 league appearances since the start of the 2017/18 season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side continue to be linked with a move for a central defender in the summer, with Raphael Varane a likely target and a £60million move from Real Madrid a possibility.

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