Bayer Leverkusen’s sporting director Jonas Boldt has insisted that the club have no plans of selling prized asset Leon Bailey in the January transfer window.
The 21-year-old had recently revealed that English giants Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City have all expressed an interest in capturing him. Bailey still has over four years left on his current deal with Leverkusen, and while the German club acknowledge that the winger will be allowed to leave sold at some stage, he will not be exiting midway through the current season.
“The conversation was good. We all know that Leon will eventually leave,” Boldt told Bild. “But we have made it clear that a winter transfer is out of the question. He also knows that he has our backing.”
Speaking to FourFourTwo, Bailey admitted that he was in no hurry to leave Leverkusen, despite some of the continent’s biggest clubs chasing his signature.“Manchester United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool — a lot of clubs were interested,” Bailey had 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?” he added.
“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.”
It is practical and smart of Leverkusen to accept that Bailey’s talents will one day see him make the step up to one of the Europe’s biggest teams. But they also are right in not allowing him to leave midway through the season, especially since they are chasing Champions League football and the player himself has said he wants to help them in this regard.