Official: Bayer Leverkusen signed 23-year-old Man United defender

Timothy Fosu-Mensah says extensive negotiations with Bayer Leverkusen chiefs Simon Rolfes and Rudi Voller convinced him there were ‘great prospects’ at the club and persuaded him to complete a move away from Man United this winter.

The Netherlands international struggled for minutes with Man United after suffering a severe knee injury while on loan at Fulham back in April 2019 and played only nine games in all tournaments over the last two campaigns.

The Norwegian manager hoped to extend Timothy’s stay, with his deal due to expire in the summer, but the versatile defender was keen for a fresh challenge and more regular playing-time away from Man United.

Bundesliga giants and Red Devils agreed on a deal worth nearly £1.5m for Fosu-Mensah and the German club unveiled their new addition on Wednesday afternoon. The 23-year-old defender could be in line to make his Bayer Leverkusen debut against Union Berlin on Friday.

‘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 Dutch defender to the club and the Netherlands international lifted the lid on their discussions before the move. Timothy had been with Red Devils since 2014 when he joined the PL giants as a top prospect from Ajax’s academy.

He made a positive impression on loan at Crystal Palace in the 2017/18 season before completing a temporary move to Craven Cottage the following season, which is where he sustained a serious ACL injury. Red Devils passed on their best wishes to Fosu-Mensah and thanked him for his service to the club after Leverkusen announced the signing.