Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng spoke to Goal about his future beyond the end of this season.
German outlet Sport Bild claimed a week ago that the defender is set to leave the Allianz Arena as a free agent when his contract expires next summer. Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham were credited with an interest, and the former Manchester City man has now fueled those rumours.
Boateng was asked about his future and the World Cup winner admitted that he wants to take on a new challenge. He also claimed he would love to move to a different city, and named London as one of the places that would interest him.
He said: “As you have correctly stated, I am a person who loves to get to know new cities, new cultures and new people. I’m actually not the type who likes to stay in one place for a long time. Accordingly, Paris, London, but also cities outside Europe are interesting for me.
“I was surprised by the coverage and would have liked to have sat down beforehand. But now I don’t deal with it anymore. I have always said that I would like to get to know something different and take on a new challenge.”
Boateng is a proven winner. The German has won 23 trophies with Bayern Munich over the years, including eight league titles and two Champions Leagues.
Good move for Arsenal or Spurs?
Arsenal will lose a lot of experience in defence next summer. David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi will all be free agents, and Mikel Arteta might want Boateng to replace one of them.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho, on the other hand, loves an experienced player. Losing Jan Vertonghen last summer cost Spurs some leadership at the back, and Boateng could help fill that void.
It will be interesting to see if Arsenal or Tottenham make a move in January. The winter window will be Bayern’s last chance to make some money from Boateng’s sale, and the two North London clubs could get him for very little if they really are interested.