The clouds surrounding the future of club veterans Javi Martinez and Jerome Boateng at Bayern Munich, which has been a topic of discussion for quite a while, seem to have finally cleared for the time being.
The arrival of Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard in Munich reportedly put both Boateng and Martinez on the verge of an exit from the club — or at least that's what we thought. According to Bild, however, Niko Kovač is very much confident about keeping both players on the team through the winter transfer window:
There is absolutely no need [for a winter transfer]. I have absolute confidence in Javi and Jérôme and know what I have in them. Both have done really well recently in the preseason and in their last games.
Both players are have contracts with until 2021, now only one season away. It therefore is necessary for the club to decide whether to keep the players or sell them this summer. Both Boateng and Martínez have their fair share of heroic moments with the Bundesliga giants, and they still seem to have a lot more to offer.
For now, it looks like Kovač has got their backs and still has a lot of faith in them. Boateng in particular has played regularly since Lucas Hernández has struggled with injury. Now that the coach has set the bar higher, their performances in the upcoming games will be decisive, and it’s up to them to not disappoint.