Ivorian defender may consider north London interest next summer

Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly could consider his Manchester United future next summer with both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal said to hold an interest in his signature.

According to ESPN, the 24-year-old is presently concerned about his reduced gametime under the guidance of Jose Mourinho but he is prepared to fight for his position for the remainder of the campaign.

However, should things remain the same, the central defender could push for a fresh challenge in the English capital with both Spurs and Gunners keen on acquiring his services to strengthen their respective backlines.

Bailly joined the Red Devils from Villareal during the summer of 2016 and he was thereafter regarded as one of the centre-backs who could cement a starting spot on a long-term basis with the club.

But, this has not been the case with his regular injury concerns and inconsistent form hampering his prospects of cementing a berth at the heart of the defence under Jose Mourinho.

At present, Bailly has managed just three Premier League starts since the season and his most recent one against Newcastle United saw him face a bit of an embarrassment after he was taken off the firing line after just 18 minutes.

Following that game, United boss Mourinho is understood to have communicated with the defender to assure that the decision was rather tactical but it remains to be seen whether the Ivorian will command a starting spot versus Chelsea following the international break.

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