Timothy Fosu-Mensah completes £1.8m move from Man United to Bayer Leverkusen

Timothy Fosu-Mensah completes £1.8m move from Man United to Bayer Leverkusen after failing to win a regular first-team place at Old Trafford and he vows to ‘show people what he is really capable of’ in the Bundesliga

  • Bayer Leverkusen have completed the £1.8m signing of Timothy Fosu-Mensah
  • Holland defender, 23, leaves Manchester United after seven years
  • He has agreed a contract until 2024 with the high-flying Bundesliga side
  • Fosu-Mensah was handed his debut by Louis van Gaal back in 2015-16 season
  • But Jose Mourinho sent him out on loan twice to Crystal Palace and Fulham
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer used him sparingly with just three outings this season 

Timothy Fosu-Mensah has completed his £1.8million move from Manchester United to Bayer Leverkusen.

The 23-year-old defender leaves Old Trafford having made 30 first-team appearances over the past six-and-a-half seasons – but just three this campaign.

His time with United also included loan spells at Crystal Palace in 2017-18 and Fulham the following season as successive managers failed to be impressed enough to give him a regular spot.   

Manchester United's Timothy Fosu-Mensah has completed his move to Bayer Leverkusen

Manchester United’s Timothy Fosu-Mensah has completed his move to Bayer Leverkusen

The Bundesliga club announced Fosu-Mensah's arrival on a contract lasting until 2024

The Bundesliga club announced Fosu-Mensah’s arrival on a contract lasting until 2024

Fosu-Mensah has now agreed a contract until 2024 with the Bundesliga club, who are currently third in the table and hopeful of challenging Bayern Munich for the title.  

A source close to Fosu-Mensah has told the Manchester Evening News that the 23-year-old is sad to be leaving United but is ‘excited to get a fresh start and show people what he is really capable of.’ 

He had rejected the offer of a new three-year contract tabled by United last month.  

The Holland international is well regarded for his versatility and is capable of playing at centre-half, right-back or as a defensive midfield.

‘Timothy is a technically adept, fast and physically strong defender who can be used as a right-back and also in the centre,’ said Leverkusen sporting director Simon Rolfes.

‘Tim is still young and capable of development.’ 

Fosu-Mensah (right) played in United's defeat to Crystal Palace in their opening game of the season but hasn't started a game since

Fosu-Mensah (right) played in United’s defeat to Crystal Palace in their opening game of the season but hasn’t started a game since

Fosu-Mensah, who has been handed Leverkusen’s No 24 shirt, said: ‘[This is] a step into a really interesting and very strong league in which Bayer has been one of the best teams for years.

‘I’m really looking forward to working with this team and also with [coach] Peter Bosz.

‘I’ve talked a lot with the trainer in the past few days and conversations with Simon Rolfes and Rudi Voller have convinced me there are great prospects in Leverkusen, both for me personally and for us as a team.

‘It’s going to be really exciting.’

United signed him from the Ajax academy in 2014 and he was handed a professional debut – paying at left-back – by Louis van Gaal in a 3-2 Premier League win over Arsenal in February 2016.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided Fosu-Mensah could depart the club

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided Fosu-Mensah could depart the club 

Plagued by injuries, Van Gaal played Fosu-Mensah 10 times before the end of that season and 11 times in the next campaign.

But Jose Mourinho decided to send the youngster out on loan twice and he was never able to regain his place in the United side.

He has been used sparingly by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season, having struggled in the 3-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace in United’s opening Premier League fixture.

He subsequently made substitute appearances in the Champions League games away to Istanbul Basaksehir and RB Leipzig.

Fosu-Mensah hadn’t been named in a United squad since the Carabao Cup quarter-final away to Everton just before Christmas and Solskjaer gave the green light for him to move away.

Fosu-Mensah (middle) pictured in a training session for United last week prior to his move

Fosu-Mensah (middle) pictured in a training session for United last week prior to his move

Conscious of his shortage of game time, Solskjaer said last week that Fosu-Mensah was frustrated and ‘needed to go and play again.’

Solskjaer said: ‘I’m not sure if Timo is going to stay or [if] he’s going to take an option now.

‘He’s not played enough, so of course he’s been allowed to speak to clubs, with a view to leaving now in January.

‘It’s difficult when you’ve got good players, talented players, and you can’t give them game time. He’s now at the stage where he needs to go and play again.

‘It might be [at the] end of January, or it might be in the summer that he finds somewhere else.

‘So he’s working hard, Tim, he’s ready for a move for any club that he feels ready for.’

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