Eric Bertrand Bailly (French pronunciation: [eʁik bɛʁ.tʁɑ̃ baji]; born 12 April 1994) is an Ivorian professional footballer who plays for English Premier League club Manchester United and the Ivory Coast national team. Mainly a central defender, he can also play as a right-back.
Bailly warming up for Manchester United in 2017
|Full name||Eric Bertrand Bailly|
|Date of birth||12 April 1994|
|Place of birth||Bingerville, Ivory Coast|
|Height||1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:45, 28 April 2019 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2019
Born in Bingerville, Bailly joined RCD Espanyol's youth system in December 2011, aged 17. Bailly was spotted by Espanyol’s Emilio Montagut after taking part in a youth tournament in Burkina Faso, organised by Spanish company Promoesport. Some records of that time erroneously list his name as Eric Bertrand (his middle name misinterpreted as his paternal surname). He only received a work permit in October of the following year, and made his senior debut in the 2013–14 campaign with the reserves, in Segunda División B.
On 29 January 2015, Bailly signed a five-and-a-half-year contract with fellow La Liga team Villarreal for a €5.7 million fee, mainly as a replacement to Arsenal-bound Gabriel Paulista. He made his debut for the Yellow Submarine on 22 February, starting in a 1–0 home win against Eibar.
On 18 October 2015, Bailly was sent off shortly after the interval in a 2–1 loss to Celta de Vigo at Estadio El Madrigal. He made seven appearances as the team reached the last four of the 2015–16 UEFA Europa League; on 22 October he scored his first career goal and only one for the team, to conclude a 4–0 home group win over Dinamo Minsk.
On 8 June 2016, Bailly joined Premier League side Manchester United for a reported fee of £30 million, signing a four-year contract, with the option of an additional two. He was the first player signed by their new manager José Mourinho.
He made his competitive debut on 7 August in a 2–1 win against Leicester City at Wembley Stadium to win the FA Community Shield, and was named man of the match. He was again named man of the match on his Premier League debut a week later, a 3–1 win at Bournemouth.
He was voted Manchester United's Player of the Month for August 2016. Talking to MUTV, he said "The Man-of-the-Match awards are something I hadn’t thought about but I got them through the hard work I have put in. I hope to see more of that in the weeks ahead of us." On 23 October 2016, Bailly was substituted off in the 52nd minute after suffering a serious knee injury during the 4–0 loss at Chelsea. He made 11 appearances as the Red Devils won the Europa League, and was named in the Squad of the Season.
On 19 August 2017, Bailly scored the first league goal of his club career, Manchester United's first in a 4–0 away win over Swansea City, following up after Paul Pogba's header came back off the underside of the crossbar.
On 29 December 2014, Bailly was included in Hervé Renard's 23-man squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. He made his debut on 11 January 2015, in a friendly against Nigeria, and appeared in all six matches during the competition as his side were crowned champions.
In April 2019 he suffered a knee injury, ruling him out of the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations.
- As of match played 28 April 2019
|Club||Season||League||National Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Total|
|Espanyol B||2013–14||Segunda División B||20||0||—||—||—||—||20||0|
|2014–15||Segunda División B||1||0||—||—||—||—||1||0|
|Manchester United||2016–17||Premier League||25||0||0||0||1||0||11||0||1||0||38||0|
- As of match played 23 March 2019
- As of match played 23 March 2019. Ivory Coast score listed first, score column indicates score after each Bailly goal.
|1||12 October 2018||Stade Bouaké, Bouaké, Ivory Coast||Central African Republic||2–0||4–0||2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|2||23 March 2019||Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Ivory Coast||Rwanda||2–0||3–0|
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- Eric Bertrand ya tiene los papeles y puede debutar (Eric Bertrand already has the paperwork and can debut); Diario La Grada, 6 October 2012 (in Spanish)
- El Espanyol pone a Arrasate contra las cuerdas (Espanyol puts Arraste against the wall); Marca, 5 October 2014 (in Spanish)
- Eric, la perla de 20 millones (Eric, the pearl of 20 million); Sport, 13 December 2014 (in Spanish)
- El Villarreal CF ficha a Eric Bailly (Villarreal signs Eric Bailly) Archived 31 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine; Villarreal's official website, 29 January 2015 (in Spanish)
- El Espanyol traspasa a Eric Bailly al Villarreal por 5,7 millones de euros (Espanyol transfers Eric Bailly to Villarreal for 5.7 million euros); El Mundo Deportivo, 29 January 2015 (in Spanish)
- Vietto, con licencia para marcar (Vietto, with a scoring license); Marca, 22 February 2015 (in Spanish)
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- "Eric Bailly: Man Utd defender ruled out of Africa Cup of Nations". 29 April 2019 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
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