Kehrer why he agreed to leave PSG to join West Ham

Transferred this summer from Paris Saint-Germain to West Ham, Thilo Kehrer turns out to have left to get playing time and strengthen his chances of playing the 2022 World Cup with Germany.

“It was time to take a new step”. Recruited during this summer transfer window by West Ham United, who made him sign a contract for four seasons plus two as an option, Thilo Kehrer left Paris Saint-Germain after four years in France. “I had an extremely fruitful period there, I won many titles. This summer, it was time to take a new step and take on a new challenge,” said the German international defender (20 caps) on Wednesday. at a press conference with the Mannschaft on his 26th birthday.

He spoke with Flick

“For the World Cup, it was important to play a lot,” said Thilo Kehrer, who consulted German coach Hansi Flick on his career choice. “We have of course talked about what is important in this season, which is special with the World Cup in the middle, he admitted in proposals reported by the German press. He told me what he wanted players usually do. After this interview, I did some soul-searching and decided to join West Ham”.

“West Ham is a very interesting project. That’s what suited me best,” added the former Parisian, holder with Kurt Zouma and Emerson in the central defense of the Hammers and under the orders of David Moyes.

Thilo Kehrer signed for PSG in 2018, as part of a 37 million euro transfer from Schalke 04. The compensation for his departure from West Ham is estimated at 16 million euros, bonus included. Having become undesirable in Paris after the arrival of Christophe Galtier and Luis Campos, the German had played 34 games in all competitions during the 2021-2022 season.

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