Per two separate reports, it looks all but certain that Javi Martinez will leave Bayern Munich this summer, while Jerome Boateng looks set to stay. Both veteran 31-year-old players have been with the club since the early 2010’s and have enjoyed decorated careers playing for Die Roten.
Per WAZ (via FussballTransfers), Bayern has decided that Javi Martinez will leave the club this summer. Martinez’s contract expires next summer (2021), but the Spaniard has found consistent minutes this season under Niko Kovac and Hansi Flick hard to come by. Injuries haven’t helped his case, but Javi has not been able to work his way into the squad as anything more than a bit-part player this season.
Martinez has said in the past that he can picture himself playing abroad, possibly in the United States or even Australia. He could also make a return to Spain, where he started his career with Osasuna’s B team and Athletic Bilbao before moving to Bayern. Bayern appears to have signed Tanguy Nianzou from Paris Saint-Germain to fill the space that will be left by Martinez’s departure as a like-for-like holding central midfielder.
For Boateng, the case is far more convincing that he’ll stay at Bayern given the resurgence of form he’s enjoyed under coach Hansi Flick. Boateng been a mainstay in Bayern’s back line alongside fellow veteran David Alaba. AZ suggests that he’ll see out the rest of his contract with Bayern. Like Martinez, Boateng’s contract runs through June 2021, but Bayern intends to retain him to the end.
Flick recently said, “Jérôme is in great shape. If he stays, I’m not sad. But I don’t know what his thoughts are.” Even Uli Hoeness recently changed his tone on Boateng. Last year, he said that it would be best for Boateng to find a different club. Now though, Hoeness admitted, “I am very pleased that the team and of course Jérôme are playing so well.”
Boateng himself has said that he had confidence issues under Kovac that the manager did nothing to help. Flick, in contrast, has showed continued faith in him and has used Boateng very often this season, especially after long term injuries to both Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez. There will certainly be a question as to who starts next season from among Bayern’s the available center-backs if and when everyone is 100% fit and healthy, but for now, Boateng has been a rock for Flick and Bayern.