Drogba convinced me to choose Manchester United - Ivory Coast's Eric Bailly
Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly has revealed that he opted to sign for Manchester United instead of Manchester City based on the advice given to him by Elephants legend Didier Drogba.
Bailly joined United in June as the first of Jose Mourinho’s signings since taking over at Old Trafford and the 22-year-old revealed that the Portuguese manager’s presence is what convinced him to become a Red Devil.
"I signed for United because I like Mourinho, as simple as that," Bailly told the Sunday Times.
"I wanted to play for someone who works very hard. I didn't speak to Pep Guardiola but the 'second' manager called me and Mourinho called me as well.
"He said come and play for me. I prefer Mourinho, in part because of Didier Drogba, who Mourinho worked with.
“I have played with Didier in the Ivory Coast, he is a friend and he told me, 'Jose did this for me, Jose did that for me'.
“Yaya also called me and said come to City. But once Jose spoke to me and Didier gave me advice, I knew straight away I wanted to play for him."