Per a report from Sport1, Bayern Munich are giving serious thought to extending veteran Jerome Boateng’s contract. The experienced center-back’s contract is set to expire at the end of the season, along with David Alaba and Javi Martinez. Boateng, however, is the most likely candidate to be handed a contract renewal.
The Bavarians have been intensely working on the upcoming summer’s squad planning, as the report states. With defensive-chief Alaba and 32-year-old Martinez all set for a summer departure, coach Hansi Flick will be left with only two seasoned central-defenders, namely Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez. Doubts are being cast on whether the highly-rated youngster Tanguy Nianzou will ever reach his full potential. The 18-year-old has suffered two severe injuries in succession, after joining from Paris Saint-Germain in the last summer.
RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano has long been touted a candidate for the crucial position. However, his hefty €42 million clause remains a cause for concern for Die Roten.
Irrespective of a new acquisition, however, it is becoming increasingly likely that Boateng will be offered a one-year contract extension. After going through a rough spell under former coach Niko Kovac, the 2014 World Cup winner has become a mainstay in Flick’s team. His resurgence under the new coach has impressed the Bayern brass.
Moreover, if a successor to David Alaba’s throne is signed, Boateng could help ease his integration at the new club and teach him the modern arts of defending. The talks are supposedly planned to take place in the month of March.
There has surely been an ongoing development in the 32-year-old’s contract saga. Earlier last month, the same German outlet had reported that the club is awaiting further developments before deciding on the Berlin native’s future. As for the player himself, Boateng can absolutely imagine signing an extension with Bayern.