Date: 10th August 2017 at 4:16pm
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Crystal Palace have this afternoon confirmed the expected capture of Timothy Fosu-Mensa from Manchester United.

The 19 year old youngster comes in on a one year loan deal from Old Trafford and will provide options in defence and midfield owing to his versatility.

He has featured for United 21 times including a clean sheet at Old Trafford against Palace on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign. He’s also represented the Netherlands at youth level, Under 21 level and has made three senior appearances.

Speaking to Crystal Palace FC after is signing was announced, he explained.

‘The manager spoke to me about coming down to join Crystal Palace and it was clear that he wanted me to be part of his squad which as a player gives you a great feeling straight away. I must now repay that back by putting in some good performances for the club. I am only 19 years old and still have a lot to learn and therefore getting the opportunity to play more games on a regular basis will help my development.’

He added.

‘Player wise I know Jairo, Patrick and also Reuben and Jason Lokilo from playing against him when I was at the Ajax academy.’

Frank de Boer was obviously delighted to reunite with the former Ajax man.

‘Timothy is a player who has great pace and incredible physical ability. In today`s game you need players with strength and speed and is a player who can also play in midfield. I am seeing him in our system as a right centre back but he can also play full back in a 4-3-3.’

Adding.

‘From knowing him at Ajax I can remember he was always playing in the team above for his age due to be physically very strong. His quality attracted a number of other clubs and I was very sad and disappointed when we lost him at a young age to go to Manchester United. Under Louis Van Gaal a couple of years ago he made his debut and I have been keeping a check on his progress and he`s ready to play game in the Premier League and that is why I am pleased to have brought him to Crystal Palace.’

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