Manchester United defender Eric Bailly has only been at Old Trafford for half a season, but the Ivory Coast internatonal has already fallen in love with the club.
Bailly became an automatic starter with his fantastic early season form, only for injury to curtail his progress under manager Jose Mourinho before he was whisked away on international duty for the African Cup of Nations.
And while injury and international duty have disrupted Bailly’s promising start at United, the defender is hoping that it is just a small speed bump in a long career at the club.
‘Hopefully I can play in Manchester all my life,’ Bailly told sport360. ‘I am very happy here because it is such a great club. It is such an honour to play for this club and I hope I can continue giving my best and become a great player in this club.
‘It’s difficult to claim the position of being a first-team player but I have to enjoy every minute I get at this club because it’s a wonderful club and I am very happy to be there and to be part of it. I am happy to be at such a big club. I never dreamed a better dream than playing for Man United. Hopefully I can enjoy every bit of it every day.
‘There are a lot of new players and the coach is new. Now we are noting that the team is gelling together and creating a good atmosphere, and we are having the results too.
‘We know that with a coach like Mourinho, he can bring the best out of players, so I am very confident that this team can go further. The players are getting a good understanding both on and off the pitch.’