Bayer Leverkusen prodigy Leon Bailey has this evening confirmed that a number of Premier League clubs sought out his signature during the summer.
Bailey’s rise to prominence
The pacy starlet caught the eye with his performances in the Europa League for Belgian outfit Genk during the 2016/17 campaign, and racked up 12 goals and 6 assists in 34 domestic appearances last season with Leverkusen (27 starts).
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‘A lot of clubs were interested’
Bailey’s stellar form in Germany led to further links with a number of European football’s biggest clubs, with the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea having all been touted as potential destinations during the summer.
In the end, though, the gifted attacker stayed put at the BayArena, putting pen to paper on a new Leverkusen contract until 2023.
And Bailey has this evening confirmed that he in fact did turn down the advances of some of English football’s biggest clubs during the summer, in favour of continuing his development in the Bundesliga.
As per Football.London:
‘Manchester United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool – a lot of clubs were interested.’
‘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?’