Timothy Fosu-Mensah spoke with reporters on Thursday about his decision to leave Manchester United and his first few weeks with Bayer Leverkusen.

The Dutch defender made the move to Bayer Leverkusen for €2 million last month, ending a seven-year spell with Manchester United.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Fosu-Mensah spoke about his decision to leave England, “It was my decision. The manager was good to me but in the end I was not playing a lot.

‘When you are 22, 23, 24 years old you need to be playing. I didn’t play much and I wanted to. It was the best decision in the end to go somewhere else where I would get more minutes.

‘The club and the manager (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer) were good to me. I recovered from a big injury, they helped me, gave me minutes – I played in the FA Cup semi-final and the Europa League semi-final.

“But it’s important to play regularly and to get my opportunity in the national team too.”

On his first month with Leverkusen, Fosu-Mensah said, “I can adapt quickly and the manager (Peter Bosz) has given me a good amount of minutes. I know what the manager and club want and I’m working hard to fulfil the messages. It’s has been good so far. I just want to keep going.”

On the possibility of a return to the Netherlands national team, he added, “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.”




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