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Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey has claimed he turned down a move to Chelsea and other Premier League teams like Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United in favour of more game time at Leverkusen.

Bailey was one of the star players in the Bundesliga during the 2017/18 season and he was linked with a move away from Bayer Leverkusen during the summer.

“Manchester United, City, Chelsea, Liverpool – a lot of clubs were interested,” Bailey told Four Four Two.

“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. I’m just about what’s happening right now rather than what could happen in the future. I’m still learning.”

The Jamaican scored nine goals and assisted six last season but has had a quieter start to this season, scoring just once in 13 appearances, with Leverkusen 13th in the Bundesliga.

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