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Man United set to extend Ivorian star’s contract

Manchester United have reportedly triggered a two-year contract option to tie down defender Eric Bailly until 2022.

The Ivory Coast international’s deal was due to expire in the summer but according to ESPN, United have exercised a clause to extend it.

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Bailly has not featured for United this season after sustaining a serious knee injury in pre-season but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted he could be involved in the squad for Sunday’s trip to champions-elect Liverpool after playing over an hour for the U23s last week.

‘He’s very close, he might be back for the weekend,’ Solskjaer said. ‘We’ve got a game arranged today with the reserves, so he’ll play that one.

‘Hopefully he’ll get 90 minutes, because he didn’t feel any after-effects from the game on Friday so he might be ready for Liverpool.’

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Despite the defender’s struggles with fitness, Solskjaer views Bailly as an important part of his squad.

Bailly has made just 74 appearances for United since joining in a £30million deal from Villarreal in 2016.

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