Date: 9th January 2018 at 10:00pm
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Chelsea have been given some encouragement in their pursuit of Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey after the Jamaican admitted he wants to play in England “someday.”

The 20 year old was reportedly subject to a £22m bid from the Blues last month, although Leverkusen have since denied that they have received any offers for the midfielder.

Bailey is also reportedly being pursued by Arsenal and Manchester United, and when asked by German tabloid Bild (translated by the Sun) about his future, the winger replied:

“Of course I have a dream club, but I will not tell. Basically England was and still is my dream. And if I keep working hard, I’m sure it will work someday. The change to Bayer was just the right step for my development. I am happy here. And we have every chance to get into the Champions League. Europe is our big goal.”

The midfielder is likely to remain at the BayArena until the end of the season, with Leverkusen reportedly unwilling to sell in the January transfer window when they will find it hard to replace him.

Bailey joined the Bundesliga club from Racing Genk for £12m last January, but has only begun to show his real talent playing for Leverkusen this campaign. He has so far scored eight goals and contributed four assists in just 16 games.

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