Eric Bailly.

Who is Bailly's best friend in football?

Manchester United defender Eric Bailly revealed to a recent edition of Inside United who his best friend is in the game.

The Ivory Coast international, currently on Africa Cup of Nations duty with his country, told us his biggest pal is Joan Jordan.

The Sevilla midfielder played against the Reds in last season's Europa League semi-final in Germany, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men lost 2-1 and narrowly missed out on getting a chance to lift the trophy.

Joan Jordan.
Joan Jordan played against United in last season's Europa League semi-final.

The 26-year-old Spaniard came through the system at Espanyol, progressing from the B team, while Eric was also with the club before our centre-back left for Villarreal in 2015.

“My best friend is Joan Jordan,” he told Inside United. “The no.24 from Sevilla. He is my best friend in football and outside football. After that, I love all my team-mates - Juan [Mata], Bruno [Fernandes], Paul [Pogba], Anthony Martial. Everybody is important here in Manchester.”

However, during our chat, he declared that the person in his phone-book who gets the most calls or messages is his brother.

And Bailly also suggested he is still close to former United men Antonio Valencia, who is now with Queretaro in Mexico, and Bayer Leverkusen's Tim Fosu-Mensah. He has also got to know international colleague Amad well since the youngster's arrival at the club and helped him settle in Manchester.

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