The speculations regarding the future of Jerôme Boateng at Bayern Munich is hitting the papers on a daily basis. About a week back, Bild reported that the club will not be renewing the defender’s contract, to which Hansi Flick has now reacted. After Hasan Salihamidžić revealed that the front office is still trying to talk to the player and his agent before Bayern’s game against Hertha on Saturday, the coach chipped in and said that the reports of the club backing off are unsubstantiated.
He said, (via Bild), “I haven’t heard with this clarity that there are not plans with Jérôme.”
Boateng, being a veteran, is an asset to the Bayern roster and it seems that the club will try their best to make him stay in Munich. Flick said, “Jérôme has been playing for FC Bayern for over 9 years, and in that time, he has won the Treble twice. He’s a very important player. Last season he reached a level that few would have thought him capable of. He has put the focus back on his performance. With his attitude he has helped us a lot. You can’t write such a player off.”
“We know what we have in Jérôme. And we would do well to wait for certain developments”, added Flick.
The coach also talked about David Alaba and said that it is completely up to the Austrian to decide what he should do next, “David should take responsibility and decide what is important for him.”
Boateng himself said that he can imagine signing a contract and that he is really happy at Bayern. If the club wants him to stay for another year or two, the negotiations will not be very hard.