Tim Fosu-Mensah: Too early for Man United teenager to make international commitment

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The father of Manchester United’s emerging star, Tim Fosu-Mensah says it is too early for his son to make a decision about his international future and has warned the early pressure on him from both Ghana and Netherlands could affect his concentration.

The 18-year old has impressed in the few appearances he has made for Manchester United this season for whom he had played in various positions in defence.

Ghana has been alerted to the talent of the former Dutch U-17 captain with coach Avram Grant keen to lure him into the Black Stars fold.

The Israeli reportedly wants to meet Fosu Mensah and sell the Ghana case to him but his father Paul says no such meeting has taken place. Instead he says he got a text message from Grant requesting for a meeting but nothing has happened yet.

The player’s father insist any decision about who he will represent at international level must wait and suggested that rather than it being a two country race between Ghana and the Netherlands, it could also involve England.

“He has now started playing. He is 18 and now developing. The pressure is too much and could affect his concentration”, he told Angel FM in Kumasi.

“At the moment he has to concentrate on his football. It is too early for him to decide so he would do that when the time it is right for him. He has decided to play football so if he wants to play for Ghana or for Holland where he grew up or England at any point, then that is a choice for him to make.”

Tim was born in Amsterdam to Ghanaian parents and has lived there throughout bar the odd visit to Ghana. His father Paul says his breakthrough at Manchester United has delighted the whole family.

“I was nervous when he made his debut for Manchester United and could not watch. I felt nervous for him but five minutes in I knew he was comfortable,” he concluded.

 

Source: TV3 Sports

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