Jérôme Boateng: Will the defender leave Bayern? Or is he still?
Next weekend, the players of FC Bayern take up the training again. After the hardships of the nine-day US trip and the return on Wednesday, Niko Kovac had given his players two days off.
When the squad on Säbener Straße prepares for the Audi Cup on July 30 and 31, Jérôme Boateng will also be there again: The center-back left the US prematurely - for personal reasons and not, as previously speculated had been made to make a change to another club.
As it looks, the 30-year-old will go nowhere, but suddenly stay in Munich. Reputable offers from other clubs have namely received after SPIEGEL information so far not even. And all of a sudden the Bavarian Boateng could use quite well given the thin staffing.
Hoeneß recommended a change
The staff illustrates symbolically the previously seemingly haphazard transfer policy of Bayern this summer. Still right after the end of the season in May Uli Hoeneß had suggested to the ex-national player a change: "I recommend him to look for a new club," said the president around the master celebrations, it almost sounded like a sack.
And even Karl-Heinz Rummenigge made it clear at the beginning of July that the world champion of 2014 did not play a role in Bayern's plans. When he enumerated the center-back for next season, he named Lucas Hernández, Niklas Süle and Benjamin Pavard. Boateng he did not mention a word.
But now suddenly indicated on the summer trip to the US a turnaround. "He has done very well within the team and has gained plus points," said Rummenigge. And Kovac also signaled that he assumed that Boateng would stay in Munich.
Suddenly Boateng could be helpful again
For a good reason: After all, Bayern could barely afford to leave another player in their scant 17-man squad at the moment. Although the defensive line is well stocked, but in case of injuries should fall out of the regulars at the headquarters or Hernandez and Pavard have to play on the outside positions, then a Boateng in central defense after all quite helpful.
The back and forth in the Causa Boateng should be on the one hand, a result of the previously failed efforts to sign up new commitments. May sports director Hasan Salihamidzic recite his mantra since the end of the season, saying that until the beginning of September they have time to sign up for new players: his sentences are starting to sound like stalwarts.
Disillusioned, alienated, raptured
In vain, Niko Kovac has called for four new players, and players are starting to get into trouble as well. Robert Lewandowski, for example, wants reinforcements to keep up with the competition and the tension in training. At the beginning of September it would be a bit late.
On the other hand there is the view of Boateng himself. The past season, the most difficult of his career, had started sobering when he wanted to change to Paris Saint-Germain, and the club of Thomas Tuchel on the last day of the transfer period, an improved offer should have sent to Munich. There is talk of a transfer fee of 50 million euros. But the Bavarians refused and did not let Boateng go.
Also sporty, it was not good, Kovac looked him out gradually, in the end, he usually sat only on the bench. Niklas Süle and Mats Hummels, who has since left the club and plays again at Borussia Dortmund, were allowed to play. At the end of the season Boateng was disillusioned, estranged, raptured, had no relation to the team.
Estimated eleven million euro annual salary
Characteristic of how he sat alone with his twin daughters at the height of the center line after the 34th match day, while his teammates turned a lap of honor after another and doused themselves with beer showers.
But now convinced Boateng in the test matches against Arsenal (1: 2) and Real Madrid (3: 1), with a lot of dedication, presence and self-confidence. From his immediate environment is to be heard, the long holiday would have done him good, four and a half weeks at a stretch, so long he had not been around for ten years.
Time to reflect, think and come to the decision to attack Bayern again next season. And he does not have to change necessarily, his contract runs until 2021, with an estimated annual salary of eleven million euros. Wondering if he gets so much elsewhere.
Of course, other twists are not excluded in the case of Boateng, they would not come as a surprise in the current situation. And the transfer window is open until the beginning of September. There is still a lot of time. Salihamidzic says so too.