Lisandro Martínez’s arrival at Manchester United from Ajax last summer saw Eric Bailly go further down the pecking order at Old Trafford.

In order to enjoy regular minutes this season, the centre-back joined Marseille on loan last August. The latter have an obligation to buy if certain set conditions are fulfilled.

Thursday’s L’Equipe discuss the Manchester United owned player’s situation when they give an insight into the Ligue 1 side’s plans for the next window.

The Ivory Coast international has clocked in less than 800 minutes from 18 matches this season.

He was also suspended for seven domestic matches earlier in the campaign, meaning the French club are unlikely to retain the 29-year-old beyond this season.

It’s said the Manchester United man ‘has had no illusions’ of having a future at Marseille since their 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain at home in February, and he doesn’t hide his ‘sincere sadness’ with his entourage.

After a failed season at Marseille, Bailly will return to Manchester United, where he still has a contract until 2024.

He won’t be included in Erik ten Hag’s plans next season and instead, the Red Devils ‘will look to sell’ the defender in the summer.