19-year-old wonderkid says he'll sign for Man United on one condition

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A lot of young players would jump at the chance of signing for Manchester United upon hearing that they were interested in his signature, but not Leon Bailey.

The 19-year-old is currently plying his trade with Belgian outfit Genk, and has made some surprisingly level-headed comments about the recent speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho has sent scouts to keep an eye on the Jamaican winger's progress several times this season, but faces competition from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax in the hunt for his signature.

However, Bailey is not getting ahead of himself despite the big names interested in his services, with a report in the Manchester Evening News claiming that he won't leave Genk for a bit-part role elsewhere.

Speaking with Belgian publication HLN Sport, Bailey laid out his plans in response to the apparent interest, displaying a maturity beyond his years.

"I've always dreamt of the Premier League," Bailey said. "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.

"When I go, where I go? That is a matter for my management. From the moment that there is something concrete, we'll sit down at the table."

Long standing target

Bailey is a highly-rated talent emerging in the game at the moment, and has been in flying form for Genk so far. 

Since arriving in Belgium in 2015, he has gone on to make a total of 64 appearances, scoring 14 goals, and can operate on either side on the midfield, though he is predominately based on the left, with the video below proving how good he already is.

Jose Mourinho is a long-time fan on the player, and even tried to bring him to Chelsea last year. However, Bailey may have dodged a bullet as the Daily Mirror claims that he would have joined the contingent of young loanees by joining Royal Excel Mouscron.

Bailey comes with a great pedigree, though, having been named as the Belgian league's best young player for the 2015-16 season, which saw him nominated for the Golden Boy award alongside Marcus Rashford, Juventus winger Kingsley Coman and eventual winner Renato Sanches.

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