Liverpool and Tottenham target Leon Bailey sat down for an exclusive interview with German media outlet Sport Bild, and seemed to rule out a move to England anytime soon, insisting that Leverkusen is the place for him to continue his development for the time being.
The 20-year-old winger has exploded onto the scene in the Bundesliga this season, chalking up nine goals and five assists in 20 league outings thus far.
His impressive displays have drawn attention from some of Europe's biggest clubs, including Spurs and Liverpool, according to the Mirror.
Bailey is one of Europe's most highly-coveted youngsters, and could be worth in excess of €100 million (£88.4 million), according to Bayer Leverkusen squad manager Jonas Boldt, as reported by ESPN.
The speedy winger poured cold water on rumours linking him with a move away form the Bay Arena, however, when speaking exclusively to Sport Bild, insisting that he is in the perfect place to continue his development:
"I am young, and I've seen too many young players make a too big step too early, and they failed. I believe Leverkusen are perfect for me. If I move to a big European club, the people there should already be aware of me. Before, I want to make a name for myself at the highest level."
If Bailey continues his fine form for the remainder of the season, his stock within the game will rise further still, and it might prove to be extremely difficult for Leverkusen to hold onto their prized asset.
Quite where he will end up, though, remains to be seen.
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