BERLIN (AP): Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller says his club is happy to have signed Jamaican forward Leon Bailey on the last day of the transfer window. The 19-year-old Bailey arrived from Belgian club Genk and signed through 2022, ninth-place Leverkusen said yesterday. “This lad was also high on many other European clubs’ wish list,” Voeller said. “That’s why we’re even happier that we could see off such strong competition.” Bailey is eligible for the club’s Champions League campaign despite playing in the Europa League for Genk this season. “He is an extraordinarily fast and tricky player who will boost our attack,” Voeller added. FEE NOT DISCLOSED Leverkusen did not disclose a transfer fee but German media reported the club was paying some US$12.8 million for the player. Bailey’s transfer came in a window that saw Bundesliga clubs spending almost US$100 million. The 18 Bundesliga clubs invested more than US$96 million in new players in this transfer period, easily beating the previous record of $65 million set two years ago, news agency dpa reported. Higher revenue from TV deals means the big-spending trend is likely to continue. Bailey, who is yet to make his debut for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz, has impressed during his time with Genk, scoring 15 goals and providing 21 assists in his 77 league games for the Belgians. Bailey also tallied seven goals and three assists in his 12 European outings for the team and will be looking to make a similar mark with his new German club.
View comments Injured Vic Manuel targets April return for Alaska Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I feel like my players believe we can win by playing defense,” Alas said in closing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES WATCH: Bureau of Immigration, ipinatupad na ang deployment ban sa Kuwait-bound HSWs PLAY LIST 01:21WATCH: Bureau of Immigration, ipinatupad na ang deployment ban sa Kuwait-bound HSWs00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I told them that defensively, they are exempted from pressuring full contact,” Alas shared to reporters following a 94-80 win over Alaska at Mall of Asia Arena.But the players, led by its raging bull forward Calvin Abueva and gunslinger Matthew Wright, didn’t want such shakeup. They wanted to drive a point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Still, they pressured. And that’s the main thing,” Alas said. “We were able to expand the lead in the [fourth] quarter because of our pressure defense.”Phoenix managed to hold Alaska below the 60-point mark going into the fourth quarter before they stretched the lead to 26 near the halfway mark of the final frame. Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The masterful performance by Phoenix afforded itself a place atop the standings alongside the Rain or Shine, the only team that has defeated them. But the rosiest part of it all? They’re now guaranteed of a quarterfinals spot.But Alas, just like his wards, has no plans of slowing down.“This is only formalizes our entry [to the quarterfinals]. We are now aiming for the top two spots to prepare us for the semifinals,” he said.But before the next phase, the Fuel Masters first have to go through a troika teams Alas regards as league “heavyweights.”“[We’re facing three San Miguel teams. Magnolia on March 6th, Ginebra on the 10th and then, San Miguel Beer on the 16th” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix coach Louie Alas has rhapsodized about his team’s defensive might and how much it has become essential in their recent string of victories in the PBA Philippine Cup.So on Friday night, coming off a controversial win over NorthPort, Alas asked for his wards to ease up on pressuring the Alaska Aces.ADVERTISEMENT