Timothy Fosu-Mensah on leaving Manchester United: “It was my decision.”

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Bayer Leverkusen defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah discussed several topics including his decision to leave Manchester United and his reasoning behind his move to Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen.

On his decision to leave Manchester United..

“It was my decision. It was difficult because I ruptured my ACL after my loan spell at Fulham. I was out for a long time but I came back, Solskjaer gave me the minutes and they triggered the option in my contract.

“Solskjaer has been good to me but when you’re 22, 23, 24, you need to be playing. I didn’t play much and I wanted to play. I think it was the best decision in the end for me to go somewhere else where I would get more minutes.”

On his first month at Leverkusen..

“When I came here, I quarantined for five days and I still live in the hotel but the first month went well for me. I’m someone who can adapt quickly but I already feel incredibly comfortable. We [Fosu-Mensah & Peter Bosz] still have to get used to each other but I know what the coach wants, what the club wants and I work hard to implement his instructions.

On a potential return to the national team..

“I last played for the national team three years ago. Whether I get called up again is up to Frank de Boer. For me, the most important thing is to stay healthy and successful with my new club and to play well.”

The 23-year-old has played three Bundesliga games for Bayer Leverkusen since joining from Manchester United for €2 million in January.

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