Bayer Leverkusen defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah admits he had to surrender Man Utd for a Bundesliga uniform for his career.
The 23-year-old defender joined the German membership for £ 1.75 million last month after seven years at Old Trafford.
He battled back from a critical knee injury suffered on loan at Fulham in April 2019 to return to United’s squad and triggered a one-year extension to his contract last season.
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However together with his deal operating out in the summertime and having played three occasions this season Holland’s international player made the robust name to leave.
“That was my decision. The manager was good to me however within the end I did not play a lot, ”said Fosu-Mensah, who played 30 occasions for United’s first team after graduating from the academy.
“While you’re 22, 23, 24 it’s essential to be enjoying. I did not play a lot and I wished to. It was the best decision within the end to go someplace else the place I’d have extra minutes.
“The membership and manager (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) had been good to me. I recovered from a significant injury, they helped me, gave me minutes – I played within the FA Cup semi-final and the Europa League semi-final.
“However it’s essential to play regularly and get my chance within the national team as well.
“Ole has been really good to me. I spoke to him as a result of he had a significant injury as a player so he knew precisely how I felt.
“Once I played against Crystal Palace (in July) after 16 months out it really happy me. These had been really good moments. He knew I had the standard. I’ve no bad issues to say about it as a result of it has been really good to me.
“However Bayer Leverkusen is a really good membership with a practice, good individuals and good players.”
Fosu-Mensah stays close together with his former teammates Man Utd and revealed that he was impressed by Marcus Rashford’s marketing campaign for free meals for kids throughout the college holidays in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
He said: “What Marcus has been doing is wonderful. I’ve been with Marcus, Axel (Tuanzebe) and Scott (McTominay) in school and what Marcus did was what impressed me.
“Once I noticed him doing it I did one thing for my space of Amsterdam that made him proud. I assisted 100 households with free groceries throughout the first lockdown.
“I’ve recognized him for an extended time, he is all the time been a great man and I really like the best way his career goes. I am fairly certain it will get even higher as a result of he is a great player and a great individual. ”
The defender is now focusing on his new life in Germany after making his first look at Leverkusen in last month’s 1-0 loss at RB Leipzig.
Leverkusen, who additionally signed Demarai Grey from Leicester in January, is fifth within the Bundesliga earlier than Saturday’s visit to struggling Mainz.
“I can adapt rapidly and the manager (Peter Bosz) has given me fairly a number of minutes,” added Fosu-Mensah. “I do know what the manager and the membership need and I work hard to ship the messages.
“It has been good thus far. I need to preserve going. ”