Chelsea legend Didier Drogba convinced new Manchester United defender Eric Bailly to reject Premier League rivals Manchester City and sign for Jose Mourinho’s United, the Ivory Coast defender has revealed.
Bailly, 22, was Mourinho’s first signing at United, and has since been joined by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan as United look to improve on their last three disappointing campaigns.
Speaking to the Sunday Times, Bailly revealed that Drogba had spoken to him about working under Mourinho, revealing that the two Ivory Coast stars are friends and have spoken about Bailly’s move to the Premier League.
“I prefer Mourinho in part because of Didier Drogba, who Mourinho has worked with,” Bailly revealed.
“I know Didier from the Ivory Coast, he is a friend, and he spoke to me and told me, ‘Jose did this for me, Jose did that for me.”
Bailly also revealed how he had been approached by new Man City boss Pep Guardiola’s assistant about joining United’s city rivals, with City thin on players at centre-back with captain Vincent Kompany injured as well as Martin Demichelis being released earlier this season.
“I didn’t speak to Pep Guardiola but the second [assistant] manager called me and Mourinho called me as well.
“He said come and play for me.”
Bailly also revealed how Man City midfielder Yaya Toure contacted him about a move to the Etihad, but that his mind was made up after Mourinho called him, as well as the advice given by Drogba regarding a move to Old Trafford.
“Yaya also called me and said that I should come to City but once Jose spoke to me and Didier gave me advice, I knew straight away that I wanted to play for him.”