Valencia manager Marcelino has thrown his weight behind Manchester United defender Eric Bailly in his quest to stay at the club and fight back for his place.
Earlier reports had claimed that the Red Devils want to sell some players including the aforementioned Bailly to fund a move for a new centre back.
Ivorian international centre-back Eric Bailly played under Marcelino while the Los Che boss was the Villareal manager.
Marcelino spoke in glowing terms about his former player during his pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s Champions League home game against Manchester United.
In the interview monitored by the Daily Star, the Valencia boss bemoaned the various injury problems that have plagued the 24-year-old since he signed for the Red Devils two years ago.
The Ivorian defender signed for Manchester United from Spanish team Villareal in the summer of 2016.
Manchester United reportedly paid around £30m to secure his transfer from the Yellow Submarines.
The Ivorian defender has been a subject of transfer reports involving clubs like Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan as a result of the doubts over his future at Manchester United.
He recently returned to the Manchester United squad last week for the game against rivals Arsenal after two months out with an injury.