There have been rumours of fall-outs between Jose Mourinho and a number of Manchester United players.
Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly was one of those who reportedly did not see eye to eye with the Portuguese manager and was linked with a move away from Old Trafford.
But he has now broken his silence following Mourinho’s departure and revealed the truth behind their relationship.
He posted two images of himself and Mourinho together on Instagram along with the caption: “Whatever they may say, I will always be thankful to the person who gave me the chance to make my debut at Old Trafford.
“Thank you for what you have taught me. Good luck, coach,” he added.
Bailly was Mourinho’s first signing when he arrived at Old Trafford, spending £30m to bring the centre-back from Villarreal.
He initially impressed in the Premier League but fell out of favour as time progressed and was in and out of Mourinho’s plans prior to his sacking.
There were rumours he would seek a move away in the January transfer window, and he is one of many players now set to stay put after Mourinho’s sacking.
But his post suggests the relationship was perhaps not as strained as reports would suggest, and he will always be grateful to his former boss for handing him a Premier League chance.
He is the second player to speak out on Mourinho’s departure after team-mate Jesse Lingard posted an Instagram story captioned “thank you for the wisdom” alongside a photo with the former boss earlier today.