BERLIN (AFP) – Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey plans to prove against Bayern Munich today that the Jamaican winger is even quicker with the ball at his feet than close friend Usain Bolt as the Bundesliga returns from its winter break.
Fourth-placed Leverkusen reopen proceedings today with a mouth-watering clash at home to run-away league leaders Bayern, who have an 11-point lead over nearest rival Schalke.
Pacey Kingston-born winger Bailey is friends with Jamaica sprint legend Bolt, who last weekend revealed that he wants to launch his football career with a trial at Borussia Dortmund in March.
Bailey joked that he is faster of the pair on the pitch.
“I’ve been friends with Usain for four years now, we play football and hang out sometimes,” 20-year-old Bailey told Bundesliga.com after posting a picture of himself alongside Bolt last month.
“Obviously, I am much faster on the football pitch with the ball, but on the track, he’s the fastest for sure.”
Bailey, 20, has reportedly attracted the attention of Premier League sides Arsenal and Chelsea after eye-catching displays in Germany’s top flight.
“Basically, England was and still is my dream,” Bailey told Germany daily Bild.
“I have a dream club, but I won’t say who and if I keep working hard, I’m sure it will work someday.”
A 14-match unbeaten run has allowed Leverkusen to climb the league table.
Bailey has scored six goals in 14 Bundesliga appearances.
His clash at Leverkusen’s BayArena with Bayern right-back Joshua Kimmich is set to be an interesting sideshow providing Germany defender Kimmich shakes off a cold.