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Eric Bailly: This is why I rejected Manchester City to join Manchester United


Manchester United defender Eric Bailly says manager Jose Mourinho is the reason why he rejected important offers to move to Old Trafford.

The Ivorian, who was also a target for Manchester City, was the club's first summer signing after joining from Villarreal in the second week of June.

He already featured for the Red Devils in pre-season friendlies as he is expected to be a key player for the Portuguese this season.

"I signed for United because I like Mourinho, as simple as that," Bailly told the Sunday Times.

"I wanted to play for someone who works very hard. I didn't speak to Pep Guardiola but the 'second' 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'.

"Yaya also called me and said come to City. But once Jose spoke to me and Didier gave me advice, I knew straight away I wanted to play for him."

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