Mourinho airs his frustrations at Ivory Coast over Bailly departure

The defender will miss tomorrow’s meeting with West Ham as he must meet up with his international team-mates.

Jose Mourinho and Eric Bailly.
Jose Mourinho and Eric Bailly.
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JOSE MOURINHO HAS expressed his frustration at the Ivory Coast for refusing to allow Eric Bailly stay with Manchester United for their clash against West Ham tomorrow.

Bailly is required for international duty at the African Nations Cup, which starts in the middle of the month, and Mourinho is disappointed that the nation’s football federation will not agree to delay his departure by one day.

The Red Devils defender returned to the starting 11 for their 2-1 win over Middlesbrough following an injury lay-off.

Ivory Coast’s coach Michel Dussuyer however, is not prepared to permit Bailly an opportunity to capitalise on that momentum for his club.

Reacting to the decision, Mourinho said: ”Bailly is leaving – he goes to the national team. He has to be with them on 2 January. We asked them for him to be on 3 January but they refused, so he cannot play against West Ham.

“With these kind of decisions they are controlling every second, so for sure they are going to win the African Cup.

Bailly has had a mixed start to his time at United following his arrival from Villarreal during the summer. After a strong opening, he suffered a dip in form as well as sustaining knee ligament damage in October.

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