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Manchester United have completed the signing of Eric Bailly from Villarreal on a four-year contract

Manchester United have completed the signing of Eric Bailly from Villarreal, in what is Jose Mourinho’s first signing as Red Devils manager.

United confirmed that the defender had signed a contract with the Red Devils on Wednesday afternoon via a statement on their official website, subject to a work permit.

There had been widespread reports that United were on the verge of signing the Ivorian after he was said to have passed a medical with the Premier League club on Tuesday night.

Bailly said: “It is a dream come true to be joining Manchester United. To play football at the highest level is all I have ever wanted to do.

“I want to progress to be the best that I can be and I believe working with Jose Mourinho will help me develop in the right way and at the right club. I am looking forward to meeting my new team-mates and to starting this new chapter of my life.”

The 22-year-old made 47 appearances for Villarreal after joining the Spanish side in January 2015.

The Ivory Coast international has made 15 appearances for his country and was part of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations-winning team, having appeared in all six matches during the competition.

United confirmed that the player has signed a four-year contract with the Red Devils, with an option to extend for a further two years to keep him at Old Trafford.

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