Bayern Munich to let go of Jerome Boateng for free at the end of the season.
Bayern Munich once again conquered Europe last season by winning the treble and proving that they are the best team in Europe. They had achieved this feat back in 2013 as well and one player who had helped them secure the two trebles was none other than their star defender, Jerome Boateng. The German centre-back has been with the German giants for nine years and has helped them through thick and thin. Now it seems as if he will have a rather unceremonious departure as the club board is not willing to extend his contract.
The 32-year-old is in the last year of his contract with Bayern Munich and will become a free agent by the end of June 2021. The German centre-back has been a solid player for the club and he has helped the team win 8 Bundesliga trophies and 2 UEFA Champions League trophies among a plethora of other silverwares. Letting go of the player for free seems like a detriment to the club but that is what Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the chairman of the Bayern Munich board, desires. According to the SportBild, the chairman does not believe that Boateng can provide the club with much more and thus should be released at the end of the season.
Bayern Munich’s manager, Hans-Dieter Flick, however, believes that the player can still be very useful to the club and wants the club to renew his contract. In an interview with Bild, the manager said,
Jérôme has been playing for FC Bayern for over 9 years, and in that time, he has won the Treble twice. He’s a very important player. Last season he reached a level that few would have thought him capable of. He has put the focus back on his performance. With his attitude he has helped us a lot. You can’t write such a player off.”
However, it seems that is exactly what the club will do. Boateng is not the only defender who is tipped to leave the club however, David Alaba has also been experiencing troubles with the Bayern board and has thus decided against renewing his contract. The loss of these two players will be devastating for the club and they should look into bringing in more established center-backs as if both of them leave, the only remaining established center-back will be Niklas Sule.
This will be a huge blow to the club because as of now, Alaba and Boateng were their two starting center-backs. Hopefully, Flick can convince the board to keep them as both of them still have at least three to four years more to give and it will be a shame to lose them both on free transfers.
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