- Didier Drogba has lauded Eric Bailly’s season-long loan move from Manchester United to Marseille
- Bailly managed just three starts for the Red Devils, having fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford
- The Ivorian will now compete in the French Ligue 1, as Marseille also have an option to sign him permanently
Ivorian legend Didier Drogba is delighted with Eric Bailly, who has left English Premier League club Manchester United to join French side Marseille.
The defender has moved to the Ligue 1 outfit on a season-long loan which includes a possibility of a permanent transfer at the end of the season.
Bailly started in just three Premier League matches last season, having fallen out of favour with every United manager since Jose Mourinho in 2017.
United managers preferred Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane and Victor Lindelof in central defence.
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And Bailly will now compete in the Ligue 1 as Marseille will also have a £5m option to purchase the Ivory Coast defender if they qualify for the Champions League.
Following Bailly's successful loan switch to France, Ivorian football legend Didier Drogba took to social media to wish his compatriot 'good luck' on his new adventure.
Drogba took to his Twitter handle to write:
“Proud to see an Ivorian brother put on this jersey that is close to my heart @OM_Officiel
“Welcome to Mars and good luck with this new challenge @ericbailly24.”
Drogba who joined Chelsea from Marseille in the summer of 2013 is still one of the famous players to have represented the French side despite his brief spell at the club.
Mass exodus looms at Man Utd
Meanwhile, Manchester United could yet experience an interesting haul in their squad as Erik Ten Hag is reportedly ready to part ways with at least six players before the close of the summer transfer window.
Most of the players facing potential exits are in defensive positions, with Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe among those considered surplus to requirements.
The trio of Jones, Tuanzebe and Bailly have slipped down the pecking order at Old Trafford after the arrival of Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez.
Drogba shares photos of how he started football
Sports Brief earlier reported that legendary Ivorian forward, Didier Drogba, has shared throwback photos of his youthful days at US Dunkerque.
The former Ivory Coast captain left Africa at a very young age to France, where he started his football at US Dunkerque.
Drogba spent most of the beginning of his career at Dunkerque before moving to Le Mans to start his professional career.
Source: Sports Brief News