Jerome Boateng refuses to rule out leaving Bayern Munich in the summer

by Leo Nieboer

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has revealed that he will consider his options over the summer after seven years at the Allianz Arena.

Manchester United will be in the market for another centre back this summer following another campaign hallmarked by injuries at the back, with Toby Alderweireld, Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet all mentioned as potential targets.

Louis van Gaal expressed interest in Boateng back in 2015, while reports earlier this year have claimed that the German international has remained on the club’s radar ahead of this summer.

And the 29-year-old, speaking in an interview earlier this week, stressed that he would consider his options over the transfer window.

“I experienced everything at FC Bayern,” he said.

“So now I certainly reach a point where I have to answer certain questions to myself: ‘What goals do I have that I did not reach yet? Do I want to prove myself always at the same club and always under the same circumstances?'”

“This is a question of personal challenges. It is not about classical career questions, but about questions for your life.

“Those are the questions that drive you on as a human being.”

United’s centre back situation is a strange one to say the least. Only Chris Smalling – the most maligned of all defenders – has played regularly this season, while Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof have all failed to impose themselves due to injury woes.

This summer could prove to be the end of the line for the former pair; neither player, despite strong performances at times this season, can be relied on to remain fit for long enough. Mourinho cannot abide that, especially at centre-back.

This leaves Smalling, who isn’t going anywhere, alongside Bailly and Lindelof. Perhaps in this context signing Boateng – measured on the ball, quick across the ground, an experienced winner for both club and country – would make perfect sense.

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