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Timothy Fosu-Mensah explains why he’s completed move from Manchester United to Bayer Leverkusen

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Timothy Fosu-Mensah has made a £1.5m switch from Manchester United to Bayer Leverkusen (Picture: Getty)

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 after suffering a serious knee injury while on loan at Fulham 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.


Timothy Fosu-Mensah has joined Bayer 04 from Manchester United.

Welcome to the Werkself, Timothy!

— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@bayer04_en) January 13, 2021

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.

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‘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.’

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Fosu-Mensah had been with Manchester United since 2014, when he joined the Premier League giants as a top prospect from Ajax’s academy.

He made a positive impression on loan at Crystal Palace in the 2017/18 campaign before completing a temporary move to Fulham the following season, which is when he suffered a major setback with a serious ACL injury.

After Leverkusen’s announced Fosu-Mensah’s arrival, United passed on their best wishes and thanked him for his service to the club.

‘Goodbye and good luck, Timothy — thank you for everything.’

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