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Exclusive: Eric Bailly has no interest in rejoining Villarreal

Recent reports have linked Manchester United defender Eric Bailly with a move back to former club Villarreal. It has been noted that the Spanish side could be open to resigning Bailly in a deal that would see Pau Torres move the other way.

That’s according to MEN, who recently claimed a possible swap deal between the Red Devils and Villarreal could be on the cards.

Bailly, 27, joined United in 2016 following a £34.2m move from his old Spanish side.

Since arriving at Old Trafford, the Ivorian defender has gone on to feature in 106 matches, in all competitions.

Although previously struggling with injuries, last season saw the flamboyant 27-year-old enjoy arguably the best campaign of his career.

Following on from an impressive season, United’s hierarchy recently successfully managed to renew the defender’s contract.

However, despite having an abundance of centre-backs already on their books, it has been widely reported that the Red Devils would still like to add more defensive talent to their ranks.

Two defenders heavily linked with a summer move are Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Villarreal’s Torres.

Although reports earlier this week have suggested United are pursuing Varane, there are whispers the club’s recruitment plans could actually include both players (as per MEN).

However, while a deal for Varane is expected to require £43m in fees, a potential deal to bring in Torres has been rumoured to include Bailly.

Stretty News understands this is not the case though. Not only is Bailly unaware of Villarreal’s interest, but the player has absolutely no desire to rejoin his former club anyway.

Not only does the 27-year-old not want to play for Villarreal again, but we have also been reliably informed that the La Liga side couldn’t afford his current salary.

Bailly’s main priority is playing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and contributing as much as he can to a possible title challenge next season.

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