MANCHESTER UNITED are set to sit down with Eric Bailey over extending his contract – despite his shocking injury record.
The Ivory Coast defender is out of contract next summer, and will be a free agent once his £120,000-a-week terms expire.
1 Eric Bailly joined Manchester United from Villarreal for £30m in June 2016Credit: Getty – Contributor
He is out injured until January after picking up a medial knee ligament injury in a pre-season warm-up match.
It was his second serious injury in the space of a year, following an ankle problem that kept him out for four-months.
But United feel the 25-year-old still has a future at the club, and want him to stay and be back-up to Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.
It is understood he has a clause in his contract, which means boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can extend his deal by two-years.
An Old Trafford source said: “The club want Eric to stay and are looking for talks about an extension.
“We don’t want to lose him on a free transfer next summer. It’s just down to both parties agreeing to everything.
“His injury record isn’t a major concern for us. We just think he has been unlucky with everyone over the last few years.
“Ole is a fan of the player and we’re going to convince him to stay, at least that is the plan at present.”
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Bailly is free to speak to other clubs around Europe in January over a free transfer, and can sign a pre-contract.
But United are desperate not to lose anything on the £26m investment they paid Villarreal in 2016.
This summer, Arsenal and a number of top clubs across Europe showed interest in signing the ex-Espanyol man.