Jerome Boateng’s future at Bayern Munich is still uncertain. The towering center back has been a solid, consistent presence in Bayern’s back line since Hansi Flick took charge and he’s on the verge of securing another historic treble with the club. Per a new report from SportBild, there’s differing opinions at the club on what his future should hold.
Per the report, Boateng could see himself extending his contract with Bayern at least until 2021. Hansi Flick is also very pleased with his form this season and is keen on having him extend his contract and stay at least through next season. Of course, his inclusion in the starting lineups for most of the season was aided by long term injuries to both Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez. Despite making the most of his opportunities, Bayern’s front office still feels that selling Boateng during the transfer window would be the most feasible option at this point. They feel that his performances this season could help them get a decent deal for him as a point of leverage.
There’s also still the remainder of Bayern’s Champions League campaign to play. Sule just recently marked his return to action in Bayern’s 1-0 friendly win over Marseille last Friday, so he could play a part in the rest of the campaign. While it’s unlikely that Flick would insert Sule right into the starting lineup, his return to the squad is still more competition for Boateng. Either of the two would likely be lining up alongside David Alaba, whose future at Bayern is also unclear right now due to his agents willingness to try and strike a deal to sell him to Paris Saint-Germain. Would Flick’s preferred starting center backs be Sule and Alaba if/when they’re both available, and assuming Alaba stays?
For the rest of Bayern’s Champions League campaign, a more clear picture could be painted regarding Boateng’s future based on both how well he performs in the remaining matches and if/when Flick will choose to start Sule instead of him.
Obviously, there are a lot of moving parts that need to be assessed with Boateng, but how the remaining matches pan out will certainly give the club a much better idea of how to proceed.