Jamaican Talks Up Premier League Interest
Manchester United transfer target Leon Bailey has ruled out a move away from Bayer Leverkusen in the short term.
The 21-year-old Jamaican is currently being tracked by United with scouts from Old Trafford watching him on a regular basis.
Bailey moved to Bayer from Belgian side Genk in January 2017 for a fee of around £10million and has since nailed down a regular spot in the first-team line-up. He scored nine league goals last term although he has scored just once so far this season.
But speaking on Tuesday, Bailey says he doesn’t want too much too soon.
“Manchester United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool – a lot of clubs were interested,” he said.
“But the most important thing as a pro is taking things a step at a time and not rushing to the top too quickly. Because once you get there, where do you go next?
“I believe the right timing is important, and it was the right moment to be at Bayer Leverkusen. They are a tremendous club with so much history.
“A lot of good players have come from there; they can get into the Champions League and are always doing well. So why not them? It was the perfect move for me and I’m happy I made it.
“My focus isn’t really on moving anywhere yet. I’m just about what’s happening right now rather than what could happen in the future. I’m still learning.”
Manchester United interest in Bailey goes back to October 2016 when he was with Genk. Football Gossip reported at the time that United scouts were monitoring his progress although any subsequent reports linking him with the club came from within the Bailey camp rather than from sources inside Old Trafford.
The young Jamaican initially moved to Genk in 2013 although the deal wasn’t finalised at that point. He disappeared from the club following a raid by Belgian authorities over illegal immigration and instead joined Slovakian side AS Trencin. He finally moved to Genk in the summer of 2015.