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Eric Bailly planning to reject new Manchester United contract

Max Parsons
Mar 20, 2021, 2:45 PM GMT
Eric Bailly in action for Manchester United this season
Eric Bailly in action for Manchester United this season | Marc Atkins/Getty Images
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Manchester United defender Eric Bailly will reportedly snub the club's offer of a new deal as he grows more and more frustrated with his lack of game time.

The central defender is thought to have been very unhappy at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision to leave him out of the squad for Thursday night's Europa League round of 16 second leg at AC Milan, which the Red Devils won 1-0 to progress.

Amad Diallo, Bruno Fernandes, Eric Bailly
Eric Bailly's last appearance was in the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 tie | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

A Manchester United dressing room insider has told the Sun that: "he [Bailly] simply doesn’t feel wanted or respected by the manager. Eric doesn’t believe he gets any answers or explanation about the way he is treated and feels he is the easy option to leave out.

“It’s a real shame because Eric always tells us he loves the club and feels the respect of the fans. But it’s got to the point this week where he has to think about his future.”

The Ivory Coast international has featured just eight times in the Premier League this campaign and has just 90 minutes of league action since late January, as Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire have cemented their places as the first choice centre backs at Old Trafford.

The 26-year old had, however, played in all of his side's three Europa League matches before they went to AC Milan on Thursday, but his omission from the squad on the night is thought to have been the final straw for him.

The Sun suggest that Bailly's frustrations stem all the way back to last season and, specifically, when Solskjaer left the defender out of United's Europa League semi-final tie against Sevilla. The Ivorian had featured in previous rounds of the tournament and the Red Devils went on to lose that match 2-1.

The Sun also report that Bailly "emphatically" rejects the rumours that he is prone to injury and often breaks down in training, which have circulated throughout this campaign.

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