Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng admitted he is unsure of his long-term future, saying a move to abroad “is always in the back of my mind”
The defender claimed he is thinking about his short-term goals only, but didn’t rule out a possible transfer move to abroad.
The 29-year-old joined Bayern in 2011, after a move from Manchester City for €13.5 million. He only had 16 City appearances, but has become a crucial part of the Bundesliga champions’ team ever since he arrived at Allianz Arena.
However, Boateng has said he did not always see eye-to-eye with former coach Carlo Ancelotti, and even though he is happier under Jupp Heynckes, the defender said: “Moving again is always in the back of my mind — but of course it depends on the situation.”
“Jupp Heynckes has brought back the feelgood factor. He gives me the feeling that I am wanted and conveys respect,” Boateng told Sport Bild.
Despite his good relationship and respect for head coach Heynckes, Boateng might need to recalculate his moves, as the German manager has stated he won’t stay after the summer. Boateng’s contract is until 2021, so if Bayern hires another coach who the defender doesn’t like, he might as well be on the move sooner or later
“At the moment, I am only setting small targets — taking it step by step,” he said. “I just want to stay fit, enjoy a good second half to the season and then play in the World Cup.”
Meanwhile, Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic went on to praise Boateng for his successful recovery from last season’s injuries, and said he has proven his worth to the Bundesliga side.
“We’ve been through some tough times together, but Jerome has made a good comeback and is playing increasingly well. He has shown how important he is for us,” he said.