‘Great pace and creativity’: Aston Villa sign Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Leon Bailey from Bayer Leverkusen for a reported £30m. The forward, who will be 24 next week, has a contract to 2025.

“Leon is a hugely exciting young striker with great pace and creativity,” Villa’s manager, Dean Smith, told the club’s website. The Jamaica international’s arrival comes as Manchester City try to sign Jack Grealish.

Bailey scored 39 goals in three and a half Bundesliga campaigns for Leverkusen and played in the Champions League and Europa League. He is relishing the challenge of showing what he can do in the Premier League.

“It’s always been somewhere that I’ve wanted to play," hy het gesê. “I feel like now is the right time and I’m excited about it … I’m a flair type of person, I like to entertain the fans, do my tricks, use my speed and make life difficult for defenders.”

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