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Boateng affirms he has no intention of leaving Bayern Munich

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The center-back set the record straight regarding the speculation his last interview provoked. His focus currently is on the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 08: Robert Lewandowki, Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, injured goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (L-R) of FC Bayern Muenchen are pictured posing with their new unveiled Adidas home jersey for the upcoming Bundesliga season 2018/19 on May 8, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
Jerome Boateng showing off Bayern’s new jersey with Joshua Kimmich and Manuel Neuer.
Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images

Jerome Boateng caused a stir with an interview that appeared in Socrates Magazin shortly after his season-ending injury, in which his remarks suggested that the defender was considering a new challenge with another club. Earlier today Boateng briefly set the record straight with Abendzeitung’s Patrick Strasser.

Boateng: “I want to get fit now, play in the World Cup, and then the new season starts with Bayern Munich.” Whether he has thought about chancing clubs? “That’s normal at my age. But I’m under contract here and am not thinking at all about going away. I feel good here.”

That is as direct a rebuttal as one could have hoped for from Boateng. Although at least a little speculation about alternatives to Bayern Munich is no doubt justified, it remains highly unlikely that either Boateng or Bayern will willingly part ways.

Focus on the World Cup

For Boateng, the burning question is his fitness to play for Germany at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Boateng discussed his injury with kicker:

In terms of health, I’m feeling better. I don’t think my World Cup is in jeopardy. But I have to be patient. I obviously won’t take any risks and start too soon. The national coach knows exactly that that’s my goal and that it’s absolutely realistic that I’ll join them.