Timothy Fosu-Mensah says extensive discussions with Bayer Leverkusen chiefs Rudi Voller and Simon Rolfes convinced him there were ‘great prospects’ at the BayArena and persuaded him to seal a move away from Manchester United this January.

The 23-year-old star struggled for minutes with the Old Trafford club after suffering a serious knee injury while on loan at Fulham back two years ago and made just nine appearances across all competitions over the last two campaigns.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoped to extend Fosu-Mensah’s stay, with his deal due to expire in the summer, but the all-around defender was keen for a fresh challenge and more regular playing time away from Old Trafford.

Leverkusen and United agreed on a deal worth around £1.5 million for the player and the Bundesliga outfit unveiled their new acquisition on Wednesday afternoon.

‘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,’ the German side’s sporting director Rolfes said.

Former Leverkusen and Germany star Rolfes played a key role in bringing Timothy to the club and the Netherlands international lifted the lid on their talks prior to the move.

‘In the last few days I’ve talked a lot with the coach, and conversations with Simon Rolfes and Rudi Voller have convinced me that there are great prospects in Leverkusen,’ Timothy said.

‘Both for me personally and for us as a team. That will be really exciting.’