Eric Bailly says he will help Amad Diallo settle in at Manchester United after describing the new recruit’s talents.
Diallo’s transfer to United finally went through this week. They had originally found an agreement with Atalanta on deadline day in October, but had to wait for a work permit.
There were then issues in negotiations, with Atalanta wanting to keep the winger for the rest of the season. However, the move is now complete.
Diallo has been described as “one of the most exciting young prospects in the game” by United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who is looking forward to working with the player.
However, the Ivorian may not make an instant transition at Old Trafford. As seen with Facundo Pellistri, it can take time for young players to settle after arriving at United.
Even so, big things are expected from Diallo, who has signed a contract until 2025 with the option of a further year, in the long-term.
Someone who is excited to have Diallo at United is Bailly, who comes from the same country as the 18-year-old.
“I know Amad,” Bailly said (via the Mirror). “I speak with him.
“He’s a young player with good talents but we know it is important to keep calm with any new guys. I think he will do well but it important to keep calm with him.
“I am ready to help him. I’m ready to help every player. That, for me, is very important.
“When I came to this team, I had players with big experience.
“I remember [Wayne] Rooney, Ibra [Zlatan Ibrahimovic], Antonio Valencia.
“Players like this helped me when I came. So when young players come, it’s very important to help these guys.
“He’s a top man. I speak with him and speak with the family. Now the guy is very happy to sign for Manchester United. Everybody waits for him and that’s it.”
Diallo can’t wait to get started
After the transfer was announced on Thursday, Diallo explained his excitement at joining United.
He told the club’s website: “After waiting since the summer, it is finally a dream come true to complete my move to Manchester United.
“I am hugely ambitious and there is so much that I want to achieve in the game.
“When I spoke to the manager I knew that I had joined the perfect club.
“This is a really exciting squad with so many great players. I can promise that I will work hard every day to learn from them.
“I’ll give everything to develop my game. The coaches have been fantastic since I signed. We have been in touch regularly and they have already given me a lot of great advice.
“I have had time to prepare for this move, both physically and mentally. I have worked really hard to be ready to make the step up to this amazing club.”
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