Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick has said that he would welcome the prospect of Jerome Boateng staying with the club beyond the current season.
Boateng’s performances were average under the guidance of former boss Niko Kovac and he was heavily linked with a departure from Bayern during the previous summer transfer window.
However, he decided to stay put with the Bavarian giants and his career has since seen a mini-revival under Flick, who replaced Kovac as the head coach in November 2019 – initially on an caretaker basis.
Since the turn of the year, Boateng has completed 90 minutes in the majority of Bayern’s league games and he has done so while keeping the club’s record signing Lucas Hernandez on the bench.
Speaking after the club’s recent 3-1 win over Freiburg, Flick said that he has been pleased with the central defensive partnership of Alaba and Boateng, both of whom have only 12 months remaining on their respective deals with the club.
He added to heap praise on Boateng by saying that the German is in brilliant condition. The 2014 World Cup winner has yet to give the green light for a contract extension, but Flick remains hopeful that he will represent the club next term.
“David [Alaba] and Jerome are doing very well. He’s [Boateng] in brilliant condition. That’s the basis for why we’re set up so well defensively. It’s obvious that you want such experienced players in your own ranks,” He told (Sport1).
“I can’t say what Jerome has in mind. He’s at a certain age. Perhaps he might want another new chance with a transfer. He has a year on his contract left. If he stays, I won’t be sad.”
Bayern recently won their eighth-straight Bundesliga title with two games to spare. During their 3-1 win over Freiburg, Robert Lewandowski bagged his 32nd and 33rd goals of the league campaign.
As a result, he surpassed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s record for the most goals scored by a foreign player in a single Bundesliga season. Aubameyang netted 31 times for Borussia Dortmund during the 2016/17 campaign.
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