Crystal Palace have announced the signing of Timothy Fosu-Mensah on a season-long loan deal from Manchester United.
The defender joins the Eagles for the 2017/18 campaign as he seeks further first-team opportunities to develop his game.
Speaking to Palace's official site after completing his temporary switch to Selhurst Park, Fosu-Mensah explained how manager Frank de Boer's ambition and apparent faith in him was the cherry on top of the cake that sweetened the deal for him.
The 19-year-old said: “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."
De Boer previously worked alongside Fosu-Mensah during the pair's time together within the Ajax youth set-up, and the now Palace manager revealed just why he wanted to entice the Netherlands Under-21 international down south.
He explained: “Timothy is a player who has great pace and incredible physical ability. In today’s game you need players with strength and speed and he is an individual with that and as well as defence can also play in midfield.
“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.
“I am seeing him in our system as a right centre back but he can also play full back in a 4-3-3. It is always nice as a manager to have a player who can play in more than one position so that you get the quality across the squad.”
Fosu-Mensah, who is comfortable playing at right-back, centre-back and in a defensive midfield position, has played 21 times for United's first-team before he opted to move to London to join Palace on loan.