Eric Bailly chose Manchester United because of Jose Mourinho

New Manchester United signing, Eric Bailly, has revealed that he choose to sign for the club due to the manager in place – Jose Mourinho. Speaking to The Sunday Times, Bailly was full of praise for Mourinho, spoke of his admiration for ex-Chelsea forward Didier Drogba and that former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic was his hero growing up .

Bailly is Jose Mourinho’s first signing at the club and signed a four year deal.

The Ivory Coast international, who has made 14 caps for his national team, spoke of how easy a choice it was for him to choose Manchester United over any other club, citing Manchester City and Pep Guardiola

“I signed for United because I like Mourinho, as simple as that. I wanted to play for someone who works very hard. I didn’t speak to Pep Guardiola but the ‘second’ [assistant] manager called me and Mourinho called me as well.

He said come and play for me. I prefer Mourinho, in part because of Didier Drogba, who Mourinho worked with.I have played with Didier in the Ivory Coast, he is a friend and he told me, ‘Jose did this for me, Jose did that for me'”.

United’s new centre half, who played for 67 minutes in the 5-2 victory over Turkish club Galatasaray, was also full of praise for ex-Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic – who left the club in 2014 on a free transfer following the disastrous David Moyes reign. He also spoke highly of Chelsea captain John Terry, but stated that Vidic was a much ‘harder’ defender:

“I like John Terry and, especially, Nemanja Vidic. I watched them both on TV when I was in Spain. They are very strong and powerful, like I try to be. Terry plays the ball well but Vidic was more hard and played really hard.

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