Paris Saint-Germain cleared out a lot of players this summer as many either were sold permanently or went on loan. Thilo Kehrer was one that the capital club left on a €12 million deal to West Ham United.
Joining The Hammers allows Kehrer to fight for starting minutes, which he wasn’t getting at PSG. Additionally, it permits him to be on the watchlist for the Germany national team, where he hopes to be part of the group heading to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Kehrer is with the Germany national team, where the defender was asked about his departure from the Ligue 1 side.
“After four successful years at PSG, where I won many titles, it was time to take a new step and take on a new challenge. West Ham is a very interesting project. It seemed the best to me, and I integrated into the team very quickly. For the World Cup, it was important to play a lot,” Kehrer told reporters (h/t Canal Supporters).
“We, of course, talked (with his coach Hansi Flick) about what is important this season, which is special with the World Cup in the middle. He told me what he wanted players to do in general. After this interview, I did some soul-searching and decided to join West Ham.”
West Ham is currently in the relegation zone after a spending spree that included the purchase of Kehrer, so they’ll need to have their new parts contribute soon to get out of the danger area.
Furthermore, Kehrer will use these final weeks to establish himself as an undisputed starter for the Premier League side.