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Fosu-Mensah: I refused Man United contract extension for regular game time

Timothy Fosu-Mensah says he left Manchester United to sign for Bayern Leverkusen in Germany because of limited playing time at the English club.

The versatile Dutch international defender joined the Bundesliga outfit in a deal until 2024 back in January this year with his United contract set to expire at the just-ended season.

The 23-year-old was restricted to just one Premier League appearance in his last half-season at Old Trafford an overall 30 league games since his debut in 2016.

He disclosed he was set to be offered a new deal by the Red Devils but he pursued regular playing time in Germany.

“I left Manchester United because I wanted to play football regularly,” Fosu-Mensah, who is in Ghana (the country of his parents) for holidays, told Accra-based Happy FM.

“For me, the most important thing is to play, but I wasn’t getting that.

“Manchester United were even prepared to offer me a new contract and wanted me to stay. I had to make that tough decision and it wasn’t an easy one to make.”

His season ended prematurely in February with just six Bundesliga appearances after he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in Leverkusen’s league game against Freiburg.

Fosu-Mensah was eligible to represent Ghana at the national level but chose the Netherlands in 2017.

He has exceeded the age limit to switch nationality and play for the Black Stars, and will not be part of the Netherlands squad to play the 2020 Euros.



By Abdul Karim Adamu Benin |



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