Leverkusen chief says star winger can do better than Man Utd, Liverpool

Leon Bailey

Bayer Leverkusen squad manager Jonas Boldt insists that Manchester United and Liverpool target Leon Bailey would be better served staying at the club.

The 20-year-old enjoyed another impressive weekend in the Bundesliga as he scored with a backheel and added an assist in Leverkusen’s 4-1 win over Hoffenheim – taking his overall tally to seven goals and six assists this campaign.

The Jamaican winger, who moved to Germany from Belgian outfit Genk last January, has been linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs and Leverkusen sporting director admitted after the club’s latest win: “Interest in him certainly won’t decline after such a match.”

However, Boldt is hopeful that Bailey, whose current contract runs until 2022, will remain at the club: “He’s only been here for a year. He should play for Bayer Leverkusen.

“There might even be a better market for him once he has played in Champions League.”

Leverkusen coach Heiko Herrlich also praised Bailey’s character, and said he could not imagine a situation similar to that of Ousmane Dembele or Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who both clashed with Borussia Dortmund ahead of their moves – or potentail moves — away from the Westfalenstadion, as reported on ESPN.

“I don’t think he’s structured in a way that he will come up with things happening with other players at other clubs,” Herrlich admitted.