August 9 is the date to keep an eye on. Premier League giants will be running helter-skelter to ensure that their teams are adept at facing the challenge that awaits them, each eager to solve issues of their own.
While heavy talks have been doing the rounds about Manchester United’s potential incoming centre-backs, with the likes of Alderweireld and Maguire dominating the conversations, the existing defensive options seem to be shrouded in some doubt.
Now, some clarity may finally exist over the future of one United centre-back.
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The 24-year-old defender was the Portuguese tactician’s first signing to kick off his tenure at Old Trafford. As of recent, the heavy interest that the club has allegedly been assigning over a leader in the heart of their defense has predictably led to questions being raised about Bailly’s future.
Now, the source adds that United have specifically told him that he isn’t for sale, and that a crucial role awaits him at the start of next campaign, despite his subdued role in the final weeks of last season – a flaw which was a mixture of injury and Mourinho trying new things out.
As part of his press-conference while on tour, Mourinho also provided updates regarding the rest of their defensive line: “Matteo wants to leave and I think when a player wants to leave, if the right offer arrives, you have to try to be human and let the player follow his instinct.
Jose added: “Young is a possibility to play right-back, but is on holiday. I don’t know if he fancies to be back for that and put himself to be available for the team or stay on holiday. Lindelof is a possibility, he is not a right-back but is a possibility, he starts training next Monday.”