Eric Bailly has revealed that he turned down Manchester City after a phone call from Jose Mourinho convinced him to join Manchester United.
There was much interest in Bailly in 2016, with the defender having produced some impressive performances for Villarreal, and Pep Guardiola’s City were among the clubs considering a move for the defender.
However, Bailly made the decision to join United after he was contacted by Mourinho. There were also suggestions that Barcelona wanted to sign Bailly but a deal didn’t materialise.
At the time when United secured a deal for Bailly, Mourinho had recently been appointed as the club’s manager and was seeking to strengthen his defence.
Bailly told Mundo Deportivo: ‘In the summer of 2016 there were many rumours.
‘I was in Ivory Coast, in the dining room at home with my mother when the phone rang. It was a Portuguese number; Mourinho.
‘He told me to come with him, that he liked me since he saw me with Espanyol and Villarreal.