Bailey opens up on Manchester United links

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Genk winger Leon Bailey has insisted he would reject the chance to sign for Manchester United if the Old Trafford side did not guarantee him regular first-team football.

The 19-year-old Jamaican is regarded as one of the most exciting players in Belgium and has been heavily linked with a move to pastures new.

Paris Saint-Germain and Ajax both attempted to sign him during the close-season, while United are also believed to be keeping a close eye on the teenager.

But Bailey has made it clear he is in no rush to leave Genk.

"If I were to leave Genk, it would be for a club where I get regular playing time," Bailey told HLN.

"If Manchester United want to sign me, but they cannot give me the guarantee that I will play regularly, I would reject them. It's as simple as that.

"I am not leaving Genk unless I get guaranteed regular playing time. I am 19 years old and I need to play in order to keep developing.

"I will not leave Genk for a bigger club in order to warm the bench there."

Bailey has a contract with Genk until June 2020, with the Belgians reportedly valuing him at EUR20 million.

He has scored eight goals in 25 appearances in all competitions this term.