After being disappointed by his lack of chances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, Eric Bailly is reportedly set to reject a new deal at Manchester United.
Bailly, who turned 27 on Monday, has struggled to establish himself in Solskjaer’s starting lineup, with Victor Lindelof favoured as a centre-back partner for captain Harry Maguire.
This season, the Ivory Coast international has only made 15 appearances in all competitions, with only eight of those coming in the Premier League.
There has also been speculation that United will enter the transfer market this summer in search of a new partner for Maguire.
According to ESPN, Bailly is becoming increasingly dissatisfied with his current situation at Old Trafford and is willing to reject a new deal.
His new contract is due to expire at the end of next season, so it’s assumed he’s been in negotiations with United officials about a possible extension.
Despite his lack of playing time under Solskjaer, Bailly is willing to turn down a contract offer and pursue a move away from this summer.
Since joining United in 2016, the former Espanyol and Villarreal midfielder has made 100 appearances, but his tenure at the club has been hampered by injury.
He’s also missed the team’s last three games since testing positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with Ivory Coast last month.
According to reports, he could return in time for Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final second leg against Granada, but Bailly is hesitant to sign a new contract after failing to persuade Solskjaer that he should be Maguire’s regular defensive partner.
If he does not sign a new contract, United will risk losing him for free next year, so a decision on his future will have to be taken this summer.