Usain Bolt is now an Aston Villa fan! New £30m man Leon Bailey claims his fellow Jamaican and close friend will now also support the Midlands club as well as Manchester UnitedLeon Bailey completed his move from Bayer Leverkusen on WednesdayBailey revealed he and Usain Bolt are good friends and says he is an ‘inspiration’Bailey could make his debut for Villa in a friendly against Sevilla on Saturday The 23-year-old winger scored 39 goals in 156 appearances for LeverkusenBy Kwame Boakye For Mailonline
Published: 12:06 EDT, 4 August 2021 | Updated: 13:11 EDT, 4 August 2021
Usain Bolt will now support Manchester United as well as Aston Villa according to the club’s latest signing Leon Bailey.
The 23-year-old completed his £30 million move to Villa from Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, and says he will be supported in the Premier League by the eight-time Olympic gold medallist.
Bolt is already a fan of United and regularly went to matches at Old Trafford before the pandemic, however Bailey insists his fellow Jamaican will now follow Villa as well.
Leon Bailey completed his move to Aston Villa from Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday
Manchester United fan Usain Bolt will now also support Villa according to compatriot Bailey
‘Anywhere I go he (Bolt) is going to be a fan so of course right now, he is a Villa fan,’ he told VillaTV. ‘I don’t need to make him, he automatically becomes a fan of the club.
‘I have known him for a long time. He is a good friend of mine and an inspiration. I am sure he will want to come and see Villa against Manchester United.’
Bailey has emerged as one of German football’s best talents in recent seasons, scoring 39 goals and notching 26 assists in 156 appearances for Leverkusen.
Villa fans will be hopeful the Jamaican winger can reproduce his form in the Bundesliga, as the club chase a place in Europe this season and Bailey is eager to test himself in England’s top flight.
Bailey was consistently one of Leverkusen’s best players during his time at the Bay Arena
‘For me, it’s a great club with a big history and it’s the right step for me. I’m excited to get started,’ said Bailey. ‘It’s always been somewhere that I’ve wanted to play. I feel like now is the right time and I’m excited about it.
‘Hopefully I can do what I do best and have a great season in the Premier League.’
The Jamaica international could be in line to feature in a pre-season friendly against Sevilla on Saturday, depending on how quickly he settles in Villa’s training camp.
Bailey will be in contention to make his Premier League debut in Villa’s opening fixture of the new campaign against Watford on August 14.