English Premiership

Toure: Bailly rewarded for hard work

2016-06-21 19:18
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Eric Bailly (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Former Ivory Coast stalwart Kolo Toure is proud of compatriot Eric Bailly following his decision to join Manchester United from Villarreal earlier this month.

Bailly spent just 18 months with the Yellow Submarine, making 47 appearances and helping them to fourth place in La Liga and an entry into next season's Champions League.

The only teams to concede fewer goals than Villarreal last term were Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

Toure, who played alongside Bailly when the 22-year-old centre-back made his Elephants debut last year, believes he will become one of the nation's biggest stars in Europe.

"We're proud of Eric. We're all very happy for his move to Manchester United," the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool defender told Sport Ivoire.

"He's a calm guy who works a lot, and today, this work has been noticed by one of the biggest clubs in Europe. It's the whole country who's honoured."

 

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