Timothy Fosu-Mensah says extensive talks with Bayer Leverkusen chiefs Simon Rolfes and Rudi Voller convinced him there were ‘great prospects’ at the club and persuaded him complete a move away from Manchester United this January.
The 23-year-old struggled for minutes at United following a serious knee injury back in April 2019, making just nine appearances in all competitions over the last two seasons.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been keen to extend Fosu-Mensah’s stay at Old Trafford, with his contract due to expire in the summer, but the versatile defender sought to leave in order to guarantee regular playing time.
Leverkusen reached an agreement worth around £1.5million for Fosu-Mensah and unveiled their new signing on Wednesday afternoon, with the Dutchman in line to make his debut against Union Berlin on Friday.
‘Timothy Fosu-Mensah is a technically adept, fast and physically strong defender who can be used both as a right-back and in the centre,’ Leverkusen sporting director Rolfes said.
Former Leverkusen and Germany midfielder Rolfes played a key role in bringing Fosu-Mensah to the club and the Netherlands international lifted the lid their discussions prior to the move.
‘In the last few days I’ve talked a lot with the coach, and conversations with Simon Rolfes and Rudi Voller have convinced me that there are great prospects in Leverkusen’ Fosu-Mensah said.
‘Both for me personally and for us as a team. That will be really exciting.’
United passed on their best wishes to Fosu Mensah, who had been with the club since 2014.
‘Goodbye and good luck, Timothy — thank you for everything.’
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