Bailey eyeing move despite new Leverkusen deal
After turning down a number of big clubs for Leon Bailey's signature, German club, Bayer Leverkusen, signed the 21 year-old Jamaican to a contract extension that will keep him tied to the club until 2023.
Craig Butler, Bailey's adopted father and agent, while stating that it will be better for his career to spend another season with the Bundesliga club, hinted that a move away from Leverkusen was still possible in the near future.
"We have decided to extend the contract with Leverkusen for another year after considering all the offers from the world clubs. We have a solid plan for Leon's career. We met with the biggest clubs and decided Leon's career would be best served by remaining in Leverkusen for another year and this (extension) increases his income and strength within the world market.
"We made the decision for the coming year that will see Leon represent Leverkusen for at least another six months and at the same time increase his value and earnings. But come next year we have plans going forward that will ensure Champions League football (for Bailey)," Butler told STAR Sports.
In May, Bayern Munich reportedly tabled a €60 million bid for the attacker, with Real Madrid, Roma, Chelsea and Liverpool all expressing interest, but Leverkusen are believed to be waiting for a €100m offer. But although Butler is keen on Bailey moving to a bigger club, he wants no bad blood with the Germans and is willing to bide his time until the right offer comes along.
"We have listened to offers but what is important to Leon and myself is that when and if we leave Leverkusen, we leave in a good way and the club benefits as well as Leon and our academy. We want to burn no bridges.
"We have already met with and made the plans for the next move to one of the biggest clubs. However, it is important right now to commit to Leverkusen and put in the work that keeps the club and the fans happy and aim at winning the Bundesliga," he reasoned
Butler revealed that Bailey was very pleased with the new deal and is ready to meet the expectations of the fans and the club for this season.
"Leon is pleased when a good contract is negotiated and we take our advocacy of Leon with the seriousness a world class player deserves. We negotiated a good deal," he said
He also added that. "Leon's focus has been on team synergy this preseason and formulating a good working relationship with team-mates. His skills are at a very high level, his fitness is very good and he has scored in preseason games, so he is ready. The players know him, the club knows him and what he can do, so a lot is expected from him this season."
Bailey had nine goals and six assists last season. Leverkusen will start the new season at Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.