Bailey’s father and manager, Craig Butler, recently claimed that it was time for his player “to move to the next level” by signing for a leading European club.
Bailey moved to Europe from Jamaica where he initially spent time with Genk before moving on to Slovakian club Trenčín in 2013.
He returned to Genk and signed pro terms in August 2015 upon turning 18 years of age. Less than two weeks later he made his senior debut and finished the season by winning the League’s Young Player of the Year award.
“We were once again able to bind a promising player to us on a long term deal,” Leverkusen executive Michael Schade said on the club’s official website. “This lad was high up on the wish list of many other European clubs. It makes us even more happy to have beaten such strong competition to his signature.
Bailey said that he wants “to make the next step” in his career at Leverkusen.
“Bayer are a good club,” Bailey, who will wear the No. 9 shirt, said. “It’s known that you can develop here. And their style of football is also attractive. I like that.”