Read Up “Eric Bailly joined Besiktas permanently late last night.” The 29-year-old has played for Manchester United for seven years, but was on loan at Marseille last season.

He has joined the Turkish Super Lig after Erik ten Hag made it clear he is not in his long-term intentions at Old Trafford.

Besiktas said, “Our club has reached an agreement with Manchester United for the final transfer of Ivorian defender Eric Bailly.

“We wish Eric Bailly, who we believe will provide important services to our club, great success with our glorious jersey and respect it to the public.”

Manchester United’s website confirmed Bailly’s departure: “Everyone at United thanks Eric for his contribution while at the club and wishes him all the best for the future.”

Eric Bailly Joined Besiktas Permanently Late Last Night
Eric Bailly Joined Besiktas Permanently Late Last Night

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Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk says he and his Netherlands teammates disagree with Louis van Gaal’s Lionel Messi accusations.

The Oranje manager sensationally accused Qatar of rigging the 2022 World Cup to help Lionel Messi win the championship.

Argentina reached the final after a penalty shootout win over Holland in the quarterfinals, which saw Van Gaal and Messi battle.

Van Gaal told the Dutch media that the competition was a ‘preconceived game’ and that factors worked to make Messi ‘should become world champion’.

When Netherlands captain Van Dijk asked for his opinion this morning, it appears not everyone agrees.

He said: “Van Gaal’s Messi comments?” He can say what he wants, but I don’t agree with him.”



Jordan Henderson defends his move to Saudi Arabia in his first in-depth interview since joining Al Ettifaq.

The midfielder discussed LGBT reaction and the rumoured big sums of money he was offered to move to the Middle East.

Henderson denied earning £700,00-a-week at Al Ettifaq, saying money was ‘never mentioned’ during talks with Steven Gerrard.

The England star says he felt a ‘shift’ at Liverpool over the summer after ‘honest’ chats with Jurgen Klopp about his role and decided to leave to play regularly.

He also added that widespread criticism, especially from people and causes he loves, ‘hurt’ him and that he still supports and cares about such causes.

His relocation to Saudi can only be a ‘positive thing’ for that reason.

Henderson told The Athletic, “I see that as a positive thing.”

“I see that because Saudi Arabia knew that before signing it. So they know my views. They know my causes and campaigns but never mentioned them.

“Never have they said, ‘You can do this, you can’t do this’, and I think opening up like Qatar can only be good.

In the end, hosting a World Cup in Qatar illuminated some difficulties, and I may be wrong, but they adjusted some rules and regulations to hold the World Cup, which is good.

“That’s how you create positive change. I’m not claiming I can. One individual.

“I’m not political. I never was or wanted to be. I’ve never tried to change legislation in England, never alone another country. I’m not going there to do that.

But people know my values, and those who know me know them. I won’t modify my ideals because I’m moving to a country with different laws.