Europa League-destroying wonderkid Leon Bailey has bad news for reported suitors Manchester United and Liverpool

Leon Bailey

From Eden Hazard to Kevin De Bruyne via Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco, Bailey wouldn't be the first electric winger to come out of Belgium.

Leon Bailey at Racing Genk

Reported Premier League target Leon Bailey has told HLN Sports that he would not consider a move to England without being guaranteed first-team football.

The 19-year-old Jamaican, who has earned rave reviews for his performances in Belgium with Genk, has been heavily tipped to make the step up to one of Europe’s top leagues in recent weeks, thanks in part to his exploits in the Europa League where he has scored four times in four fixtures in Group F.

Meanwhile, according to WhoScored, no player in this season’s competition completed more dribbles in a game than Bailey (8) during Genk’s 5-3 defeat to Athletic Bilbao, statistics that have reportedly caught the eye of club’s higher up the continental hierarchy.

However, Bailey, who was nominated for the Golden Boy award alongside Marcus Rashford, Kelechi Iheanacho and eventual winner Renato Sanches, says he is not interested in a move if it will reduce his game time and stall his progress.

“I've always dreamt of the Premier League, but if, let's say, Man United can't guarantee me minutes, I will stay at Genk,” Bailey told HLN Sports.

“The important thing is that in the near future there a lot of games to come. This is essential for me because I have to take more steps. I've already made a lot of progress.

Leon Bailey

“When I go, where I go? That is a matter for my management. From the moment that there is something concrete, we'll sit down at the table”.

According to The Sun, Bailey, who has named the best young player in the Belgian league in 2015/16, has been scouted by both Manchester clubs while Liverpool and Chelsea have also expressed an interest.

However, with the established attacking talent at the disposal of each of the aforementioned quartet, it appears unlikely that Bailey would be willing to spend the foreseeable future waiting for brief cameo appearances in cup competitions.

Jose Mourinho, for example, has a less than impressive record with regards to bringing through young players, meaning Bailey is quite possibly right to give Old Trafford a wide berth.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Having said that, the teenager’s decision may be taken out of his hands, with Genk’s technical director Dimitri De Conde claiming earlier in the week that they may be forced to sell if they receive a big offer for their prized asset, according to Sky Sports.

Liverpool may very well be the best environment for Bailey to push on, therefore, with Jurgen Klopp showing a determination to give young players an opportunity while his fast-paced, attacking approach would certainly suit a player with natural dribbling ability and quick feet.

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