Date:19th August 2019 at 6:18pm
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Manchester United want to hold contract talks with centre-back Eric Bailly, according to reports.

The 25-year-old has struggled with injuries in recent times at Old Trafford and is currently sidelined until the new year with medial knee ligament damage.

However, despite his absence, the Sun report that the Red Devils would like to extend the Ivory Coast international’s contract.

Bailly has had his injury problems since moving to Old Trafford in 2016.

Bailly’s current deal expires at the end of the season and it’s claimed United still see him as part of their future plans despite the world-record signing of Harry Maguire in the summer.

It’s thought that Bailly has a clause in his contract which allows United to extend his deal by two-years.

Getting the Africa Cup of Nations winner tied down will also eliminate the possibility that the defender could leave the Red Devils for free at the end of the campaign.

As it stands Bailly, who has played just 74 times for United since his £26million transfer from Villarreal in 2016, would be allowed to talk to other clubs in Europe about a potential pre-contract from January.

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