Abendzeitung has written an article suggesting that World Cup winner Jerome Boateng’s time in Munich is rapidly coming to an end. The newspaper cited his actions during and after the Hannover game as evidence of why that may be so.
In the 50th minute, Hannover was awarded a penalty kick on a handball after the ball stuck Boateng’s upper arm. Whether or not it was a penalty, can be argued, as at first it did look like Boateng tried to turn-away and the ball hitting his arm was by no means intentional.
Abendzeitung suggests that Boateng’s reckless reaction that followed, his ‘are you stupid’ hand gesture to referee Christian Dingert, could be seen as the action of a man who has his mind elsewhere.
Additionally, Jerome did not join his teammates in going around the stadium and thanking the supporters. Instead, Jerome just gave a few claps and quickly went into the dressing room.
Boateng’s reaction after the goal was just in the heat of the moment and should not be judged as anything more. However, the cold reaction to the fans could mean what I think many Bayern fans already know: Jerome’s time in Munich is coming to an end.
The arrival of Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard likely means that Boateng, who already has found himself on the bench on many occasions, is the next Champions League 2013 winner who will find himself looking for a new club. Abendzeitung mentions Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus or Naples as possible destinations for the Berlin-native.