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Eric Bailly & Phil Jones 'telling team-mates' of plans to leave Man Utd

Tom Gott
Eric Bailly is ready to call time on his Man Utd career
Eric Bailly is ready to call time on his Man Utd career / Gareth Copley/Getty Images
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Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are both said to have been telling team-mates of their plans to leave Manchester United at the end of the season.

Neither have been prominent members of the first-team under Ralf Rangnick, with Bailly making seven appearances in all competitions all season and Jones being restricted to just five.

Both had been tipped to leave the club this summer anyway, but now the Manchester Evening News state that Bailly and Jones have made no secret of their desires to walk away from Old Trafford in conversations with their team-mates.

Even publicly, Bailly threatened not long after signing a new contract last spring that he wouldn't be prepared to stay at United if he wasn't going to be playing regularly.

The belief is that neither player wants to hang around and wait for new manager Erik ten Hag to make a decision on the squad, unlike forward Marcus Rashford, who 90min understands is ready to try and prove himself to the Dutchman before making a choice on his future.


Listen now to 90min's Manchester United podcast, The Promised Land, with Scott Saunders & Rob Blanchette. On this week's show they discuss whether Cristiano Ronaldo will stay at Old Trafford for another year and the recent transfer links with Frenkie de Jong.


Ten Hag is expected to request a handful of new signings this summer, including at centre-back. Villarreal's Pau Torres is under consideration, while links have also been made to Ajax's Jurrien Timber.

To make space for those signings, United are prepared to listen to offers for both Bailly and Jones, and the duo's apparent willingness to facilitate a deal would make organising their exits significantly easier. United are also open to offers for current third-choice Victor Lindelof, who is still valued at the club but could be sold if a team choose to offer up the right amount of money.

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