Jerome Boateng WILL leave Bayern Munich for free this summer, sporting director confirms, ending decade-long stay with German giants amid interest from Chelsea and Arsenal
- Bayern Munich have confirmed Jerome Boateng will leave the club this summer
- The 32-year-old has spent 10 years from the club, arriving from Man City in 2011
- Boateng’s future has been clouded by doubt with his contract expiring soon
- Bayern’s sporting director said the Germans will not offer Boateng a new deal
- London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly interested in the defender
Jerome Boateng will end a decade-long stay at Bayern Munich after sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed the all-conquering Germans will not extend the defender’s contract.
The 32-year-old’s future has been clouded by uncertainty for months, with his current deal at the Allianz Arena coming to an end this summer amid interest from Chelsea and Arsenal.
Reports in Germany had suggested Bayern would not offer Boateng new terms, and now club chief Salihamidzic has confirmed that is the case and the centre half will be released at the end of the season.
Jerome Boateng will leave Bayern Munich for free this summer, the club have confirmed
The 32-year-old’s future has been clouded by uncertainty, with his deal ending this summer
‘Jerome’s contract expires in the summer. It will not be extended,’ Salihamidzic told Sky Germany.
‘That was a joint decision of the club management and the coach was also involved. I explained that to Jerome and he was very understanding. He leaves through a big door – hopefully with titles.’
Boateng has made more than 350 appearances for the German giants since joining them from Manchester City a decade ago.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed that his contract won’t be extended
Boateng’s exit will be of interest to Arsenal (L) and Chelsea (R) who are reportedly interested
Since returning to his homeland in 2011 he has helped Bayern win the Bundesliga eight times, the German Cup and the German Super Cup on five occasions as well as the Champions League plus the FIFA Club World Cup twice.
The 32-year-old could come back to England this summer, with London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal reportedly interested in landing the World Cup winner.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is believed to be looking to add a dominant defender to his ranks, and Boateng would certainly fit the bill.
In west London, Thiago Silva’s future remains uncertain, meaning Thomas Tuchel could look for another experienced defender to add to his squad.
The 32-year-old leaves Bayern having won countless trophies with the all-conquering Germans
Boateng is one of two big names that will leave Munich for nothing at the end of the season, with David Alaba also set to make his exit.
The German champions have moved to secure the arrival of RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano, beating the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea to the signing of the £38.5m Frenchman.
Boateng came on as a first half substitute in Wednesday night’s Champions League quarter final first leg defeat to Paris Saint Germain, replacing the injured Niklas Sule.