Eric Bailly stance on Manchester United future amid stalled contract talks

Eric Bailly’s contract talks at Manchester United have been put on hold during the international break amid uncertainty surrounding his future.

The Ivorian defender has 12 months remaining on his current deal but has still not established himself as a regular this season.

According to the Mirror, Bailly is keen to extend his contract and remain at Old Trafford beyond 2022, but that would depend on more involvement in the first-team.

The report suggests Bailly has been available to play even when manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has declared otherwise and the centre back would want some more trust shown in him before committing his future to the club.

Bailly, 26, showed glimpses of a promising partnership with captain Harry Maguire earlier this season but Solskjaer’s preference remains his skipper and Victor Lindelof.

Lindelof’s improved form has kept Bailly out of first-team contention and Axel Tuanzebe has also been extremely short on game time this season.

Bailly has made just seven Premier League starts this term and has not managed more than 11 starts in the league since the 2017/18 season.

Injuries have consistently hindered the charismatic defender since his move from Villarreal in 2016.

Solskjaer may soon have an ultimatum in deciding whether to hand Bailly a regular run of games or allow him to move on to seek his next challenge.

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