According to Sport1 reporter Florian Plettenberg, Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick wanted to try and offset the loss of David Alaba by keeping Jerome Boateng in house because next season’s core of defenders is not as vocal or commanding on the pitch as Flick would like.
Specifically, Flick just does not think Dayot Upamecano, Lucas Hernandez, Niklas Süle, Tanguy Nianzou, or Benjamin Pavard can fill that role at center-back:
Update #Boateng: It was not an option for #FCBayern to give JB a strongly performance-based new contract. JB would have been open to it, he wanted to stay. Flick also wanted him one more year because he and Alaba are commanders. Upa, Hernández, Süle, Nianzou, Pavard not. @SPORT1— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) April 15, 2021
Interestingly, Plettenberg also noted that Bayern Munich was not willing to propose an incentive-laden deal to Boateng even though the player would have been been interested in discussing such a contract.
All of this adds to the speculation that Flick has become frustrated with Bayern Munich’s roster planning strategy. Flick values Alaba and Boateng immensely for what they bring to the table on the pitch and in the locker room. Losing both is a likely a very hard pill for the 56-year-old manager to swallow.