Eric Bailly says Didier Drogba helped convince him to sign for Manchester United

Manchester United's Eric Bailly before the game

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Manchester United's Eric Bailly before the gameManchester United's Eric Bailly 

Manchester United signing Eric Bailly has told The Times how Didier Drogba played a role in helping him sign for the club.

Bailly was new boss Jose Mourinho's first signing as Red Devils boss, and is expected to play regularly at centre-back this upcoming campaign.

The defender signed from Spanish side Villarreal, with United beating off competition from other interested sides for his signature.

Chelsea's Didier Drogba celebrates with the FA Cup trophy after winning the FinalChelsea's Didier Drogba celebrates with the FA Cup trophy 

Bailly has explained how his fellow Ivorian Didier Drogba, played a part in helping him make up his mind.

He said: "I prefer Mourinho in part because of Didier Drogba, who Mourinho has worked with.

"I know Didier from the Ivory Coast, he is a friend, and he spoke to me and told me, ‘Jose did this for me, Jose did that for me’.

Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko in action with Manchester City's Yaya ToureNewcastle's Moussa Sissoko in action with Manchester City's Yaya Toure

Bailly admitted that Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure attempted to have his say, unsuccessfully.

He added: "Yaya also called me and said that I should come to City but once Jose spoke to me and Didier gave me advice, I knew straight away that I wanted to play for him."

Drogba played for Jose Mourinho during two spells at Chelsea, and knows all about the attributes which have enabled him to become a league winner in England three times.

The striker's career reached new heights under Mourinho, and Bailly is evidently hoping he will blossom further under his new manager's tutelage.

Manchester United manager Jose MourinhoManchester United manager Jose Mourinho

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