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Mourinho phone call convinced Bailly about Man Utd

Eric Bailly has confessed to friends he couldn't reject joining Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

The former Villarreal defender took the call from United's new manager earlier this season.

"It was Jose Mourinho," Bailly's best friend and former Espanyol team-mate Joan Jordan told the Daily Mail. "It was out of the blue. It meant a huge amount. Eric called me up all excited.

"He was saying, 'How can I say no when Mourinho calls me?' Mourinho spoke in French, Eric's mother tongue, and explained exactly what his role would be and what his plan was for United. Mourinho's phone call was a big intervention."

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