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Timothy Fosu-Mensah has spoken effusively about Marcus Rashford, revealing that he was inspired by his former Manchester United teammate to do his own charity work in Amsterdam.
Rashford has become one of the leading figures in the fight against child poverty in the UK, working together with the food charity FareShare to distribute more than 12 million meals to hungry children across the country.
He has used his platform to help bring about large-scale change, and Fosu-Mensah, who joined the ranks with him at United before leaving to join Bayer Leverkusen last month, says Rashford’s actions inspired him to help families in distress in their hometown. from Amsterdam.
Speaking to reporters in Germany, he said: “What Marcus has been doing off the field is amazing. I have been with Marcus, Axel Tuanzebe, Scott McTominay and all these guys for years and seeing what Marcus is doing inspired me.
“When I saw what he was doing, I did something for my area in Amsterdam that made him proud. He has a great influence and I’m very proud of him.
“I have known Marcus for a long time, I know his family. He has always been a good guy and I am delighted for him and how his career is going.
“I’m pretty sure he will improve even more because he is a good player and a very good person.”
When asked for details about her own charity, Fosu-Mensah explained: “I helped 100 families get some free food in Amsterdam. I think it was in the early part of the pandemic, in May. It gave me a very good feeling to be doing these things. “
Fosu-Mensah has quickly emerged as an important player for Leverkusen, starting each of their last three games in the absence of Lars Bender, and is expected to do so again against Mainz on Saturday.
Speaking to PA earlier this week about his decision to join the Bundesliga club last month, he revealed that it was purely his decision, but that he maintains a good relationship with former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“It was my decision. The coach was good to me, but in the end I didn’t play much,” the Dutchman told PA. “When you’re 22, 23, 24 you have to be playing. I didn’t play a lot and I wanted to. In the end, it was the best decision to go somewhere else where I would have more minutes.
“The club and the coach were good to me. I recovered from a great injury, they helped me, they gave me minutes, I played in the semi-final of the FA Cup and in the semi-final of the Europa League. But it’s important to play regularly and have my chance in the national team as well.
“But Bayer Leverkusen is a very nice club with tradition, good people and good players.”