Status: 04.12.2023, 09:28 a.m.
By: Sascha More
Former DFB and Bayern star Jérôme Boateng talks about the failed return to FCB and the national team's concerns.
Munich – A few weeks ago, there was the surprising news that Jérôme Boateng is taking part in FC Bayern's team training and the German record champions are thinking about signing the former Germany international. In the end, however, those responsible decided against a return of the defender, who was already under contract with FCB from 2011 to 2021.
Ex-Bayern star Boateng wants to go abroad
However, Boateng does not hold a grudge, as he confirmed in an interview with the Kicker sports magazine: "On the contrary. I'm grateful that I was able to train and prove myself. This may pay off for me in the future. But I can say that I would have liked to have done it."
He reveals that you probably won't see him in the Bundesliga again. "I'd rather see myself abroad in the future, after it didn't work out with FC Bayern, I'd like to start the second half of the season. Italy, Spain, I'm open to a lot of things. I noticed in the training games at FC Bayern that I can still keep up with the level, I want to play and get into the rhythm. Then I can help a lot of teams and I'm motivated to add to my trophy collection. That has always been my ambition to win titles at every club," said Boateng.
Jérôme Boateng. © IMAGO/Frank Hoermann/SVEN SIMON
"I'm mentally and physically at a high level, two, three or four years if possible. As long as I don't have to drag myself across the pitch or I'm in pain. We'll have to see what level that is. If it doesn't work anymore, I have to and will be honest," says the 2014 World Champion, describing his plans for the future.
Former Germany international Boateng believes in successful home European Championship
He has a lot of confidence in his former club FC Bayern Munich in the Champions League, as he reveals in an interview with the Kicker sports magazine: "The group stage was good, not outstanding, but above all not a yardstick. From the round of 16 onwards, things get exciting. Manchester City are probably a bit above all the others, then Real Madrid, FC Bayern and maybe Arsenal."
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For the 2024 European Championship, Boateng sees anything but black and also believes that the defensive behaviour of the DFB team will have changed for the better by June: "I think the team as a whole can and must manage the turnaround with Julian Nagelsmann, it's not always just the defence. In general, it should be an honour to play for your country. This includes commitment, mentality and the necessary class. The sporting trough has been going on for far too long, but I believe in a strong European Championship in my own country." (smr)