After sealing a move to Bayer Leverkusen, Moussa Diaby explains that it was important for him to play on a regular basis in a bid to further his development.

While Moussa Diaby may have left Paris Saint-Germain for Bayer Leverkusen, the young winger harbours no ill feelings towards his former club.

While under Unai Emery he struggled to make his mark on the first team, Moussa Diaby was given enough chances by Thomas Tuchel. However, it was clear that he might never get a lot of opportunities next season.

This was the reason why Diaby signed for the Germans for €15 million. And the Frenchman says that it was the right time for him to leave Parc des Princes.

While speaking to Goal, the winger said, “I would also like to have stayed in Paris – but then my chances would have had to improve significantly.”

“I am a young player who urgently needs to play regularly.

“I want to improve as fast as possible. Therefore, I have looked elsewhere and did not want another loan.

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“I wanted to go to a team that, like PSG, has a lot of attacking possession, has strong players and gives me the opportunity to become a regular starter soon. I would have had to wait for that in Paris – probably too long.

“Leverkusen offers me great opportunities in this regard, and at a top German club that plays in the Champions League.”

And Moussa Diaby isn’t too worried about the transfer fee while also saying that he chose the right club.

“The transfer fee makes me proud, because it is also for Leverkusen a very big transfer,” he said. “I hope that I can justify this amount with good performances, so that one day the club and its fans can be proud of me.

“I feel no pressure. Also, I am not a PSG super talent, but one of many who have been trained in Paris.

“But I understand that when a player changes from PSG to Leverkusen, that’s something special and may trigger some hype in the media. Simply because you usually change from Paris only to an even bigger club.

“But as I said, I am a young player, I am convinced of this path and believe that Leverkusen was the best choice for me.”


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