Manchester United loaner Eric Bailly was able to leave Old Trafford for France with Marseille in search of first-team minutes.
Erik ten Hag considered that the Ivory Coast international exceeded the requirements and sanctioned his departure from England.
Bailly got off to a good start with the Ligue 1 side, but as has been the norm with him, injuries soon caught up with him in his team’s Champions League tie against Eintracht Frankfurt.
The player has been missing ever since, only returning to the bench on Friday as Marseille cruised to a 3-0 victory against Angers SCO in the French top flight.
He could play Sporting Lisbon this week if he is deemed fit enough to take part.
Before the crucial match, Marseille manager Igor Tudor provided an update on the 28-year-old.
Tudor said, “Bailly is very important to us.”
“I’m late. She doesn’t have the same preparation.”
“I am really looking forward to the World Cup break when he will be able to train for a month with us.”
Côte d’Ivoire failed to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, something that could work to Bailly’s advantage, who can use the time not only to adjust to Tudor’s way of playing, but also to improve his fitness.
It’s in the defender’s best interest to impress the Olympians who have a chance to make his loan permanent.
Based on certain achievable conditions, such as playing time, United agreed to include a purchase obligation in Bailly’s contract.
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