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OFFICIAL: Leverkusen complete the signing of Man Utd target Bailey

08:28 GMT 31/01/2017
Leon Bailey Genk
The Red Devils had been heavily linked with the highly-rated Genk winger, but he has penned a five-year contract to continue his career in Germany

Bayer Leverkusen have completed the signing of highly-rated Genk winger Leon Bailey.

The Jamaica U23 international has penned a five-year contract with the Bundesliga outfit.

Bailey: I would snub Man Utd

He had been a target for various other clubs across Europe, with Manchester United among those to have been heavily linked with the 19-year-old.

Bailey stated back in November, though, that he was reluctant to join the Red Devils as they would be unable to offer him regular playing time.

He told HLN: “If Manchester United want to sign me, but they cannot give me the guarantee that I will play regularly, I would reject them. It's as simple as that.”

Liverpool were also reported to be keen on taking the youngster to the Premier League, but they too have seen a hot prospect head elsewhere, while Ajax were heavily interested in him before the start of the season.

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Leverkusen revealed last week that Bailey was due to undergo a medical, with the finishing touches being put to a deal.

That agreement has now gone through, with the German outfit having tied their new signing to a contract that will keep him on their books until the summer of 2022.