German giants chief issued warning over Chelsea’s £60m-rated target

Bayer Leverkusen’s sporting director Jonas Boldt states the club have no intention of selling Leon Bailey in winter.

The 21-year-old has admitted that Chelsea and Liverpool have all expressed an interest in signing him. Leon Bailey still has over four years left on his current deal with Leverkusen, and while the German club admits the winger will be sold at some stage, he will not be leaving midway through the season.

‘The conversation was good. We all know that Leon will eventually leave,’ Jonas Boldt told Bild. ‘But we have made it clear that a winter transfer is out of the question. He also knows that he has our backing.’

Speaking to FourFourTwo, the Jamaican-born star admits he is in no rush to leave Bundesliga, despite several teams being keen to sign him.

‘Manchester United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool – a lot of clubs were interested,’ he said, ‘But the most important thing as a pro is taking things a step at a time and not rushing to the top too quickly. Because once you get there, where do you go next?

‘I believe the right timing is important, and it was the right moment to be at Bayer Leverkusen. They are a tremendous club with so much history. ‘A lot of good players have come from there; they can get into the Champions League and are always doing well. So why not them? ‘It was the perfect move for me, and I’m happy I made it. My focus isn’t really on moving anywhere yet.’