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Eric Bailly Signs 18-Month Deal with Villarreal

Villarreal has welcomed back Eric Bailly, the Ivorian defender, on an 18-month contract, marking his return to the Spanish club after his departure from Turkish side Besiktas.

The 29-year-old center-back previously graced Villarreal’s squad during the 2015-16 season before making a move to Manchester United in a £30 million deal.

Bailly’s departure from Besiktas occurred amidst controversy, with the player being among five individuals excluded from the first-team roster due to performance issues and reported internal conflicts. His agent, Rafaela Pimenta, contested the decision, asserting Bailly’s innocence and claiming his rights were being infringed upon.

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Despite enduring injury setbacks and inconsistent form during his tenure at Manchester United, Bailly’s return to Villarreal offers him a chance to rejuvenate his career, drawing upon his undeniable talent and wealth of experience.

Interestingly, Bailly did not secure a spot in the Ivory Coast squad for the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, set to commence on January 13, 2024, in Abidjan.

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