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Besiktas Drops Eric Bailly and Four Others from First-Team Squad
In a surprising move, Turkish top-flight outfit Besiktas has decided to exclude five players, including former Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, from their first-team squad. The decision came as a result of poor performance and incompatibilities within the team.
Changes in the Ranks
Joining Bailly on the sidelines are Vincent Aboubakar, Rachid Ghezzal, Jean Onana, and Valentin Rosier. These players have been removed from the first team but their contracts have not been cancelled. Instead, they will train separately from the main squad for the foreseeable future.
Bailly only joined Besiktas in September after spending seven seasons at Old Trafford with Manchester United. However, his time on the pitch has been limited with just eight appearances for his new club.
New Squad Structure in Progress
Besiktas’ management stated that this decision was made to address performance issues and improve overall team dynamics. They also mentioned ongoing efforts to recruit new players for an enhanced squad structure.
The club’s president Hasan Arat emphasized that building a better team is their number one priority during the winter break. With current standings at fifth place in the Turkish Super Lig, Besiktas aims to fill the gaps in their squad and improve their position.
Challenges Faced by Besiktas
Besides struggling domestically, they have also been experiencing difficulties in European competitions. The team has already been knocked out of the Europa Conference League and currently sits at the bottom of their group with four defeats in five matches.
About Eric Bailly and Other Dropped Players
Eric Bailly’s tenure at Manchester United was marred by injury setbacks, limiting him to just 113 appearances over seven seasons. Vincent Aboubakar and Jean Onana joined Besiktas this year, while Valentin Rosier and Rachid Ghezzal have been with the club since 2020.
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