Sven Bender has insisted that Leon Bailey ignores the interest from English duo of Manchester United & Chelsea.
Bayer Leverkusen youngster Leon Bailey is having one of the best breakthrough seasons at the Bundesliga this term. The explosive winger has registered nine goals and five assists in 24 appearances for the German outfit this season and has attracted plenty of interest from top European clubs including English giants Chelsea and Manchester United.
Leon Bailey could be plying his trade at Chelsea next season
The two Premier League clubs are trophy-less as of yet this season and will have to make some imperative signings in order to bolster their respective teams for next season’s title challenge. And Bailey has been one of the most eye-catching performers at Leverkusen who is tipped for a move to England. However, Leverkusen’s defensive midfielder Sven Bender, who is equally impressed with the 20-year-old’s abilities, has advised Bailey to remain at the club for a while before making any rash decisions.
Bender Hopes Bailey Snubs Chelsea and United
Speaking to news outlet Goal, the German international was asked about his lightning-fast club mate and he replied, “He has got special abilities, he is incredibly fast and great at dribbling. But we did not expect that he would explode that fast. This example shows that football is a fast-paced business.”
The 28-year-old also added that Bailey is still extremely young and should not make any hasty decisions about his future, “It is important that he handles the hype around him correctly and does not want too much too fast. Now everybody comes to him and suddenly wants something from him. He is only 20 years old and therefore still has development potential. He is a great player and will probably leave one day for a high fee, but I wish him to stay with us for a long time.” he said
I have to agree with Bender because Bailey is only just getting used to playing at such a high level. If he moves to either Chelsea or United and does not get into the starting eleven, he would be wasted and it would hamper his long-term career. A few more years of grooming and then he can step out onto the grand stage.