Manchester United target Leon Bailey has said that he will only join the Premier League outfit if he plays regular first team football, reports HLN Sport.
The 19-year-old has been attracting interest from several European clubs, such as Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain, after a sensational start to the season at Belgian side Genk.
Bailey has scored six times in 18 games in all competitions for the club, the latest of which coming in their 5-3 defeat at Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League three weeks ago.
And, responding to speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford, the talented winger made it very clear on what condition he’d decide to leave Genk.
He said: ‘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.
‘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.’
That’s a clear statement of intent from Bailey, last season’s Young Player of the Year in Belgium, but whether it’s realistic for him to break into the United starting eleven immediately remains to be seen.
Nevertheless, United boss Jose Mourinho is clearly a fan. He has sent scouts to keep tabs on Bailey, who made his senior debut in August of last year, and also expressed an interest while in charge at Chelsea last season.
Bailey, who scored on his debut for the Jamaican Under-23 team last year, has made his position clear, and it’s now up to United whether or not they want to pursue an interest in the 19-year-old.