Jerome Boateng has hinted that he may be on his way out of Bayern Munich soon in order to experience new challenges elsewhere before the end of his playing career
The German defender joined the Bavarians in the summer of 2011 from Manchester City in a €13.5m deal and has since gone on to make a total of 258 appearances in all competitions in his seven seasons at Munich.
In an interview with German football publication Socrates, Boateng admitted that life in Munich had not been easy seven years ago.
“It didn’t go perfectly to start. My move to Bayern in 2011 was a massive step for me – the biggest you can take in Germany. The expectation levels were completely different and new to me. Every mistake was scrutinised publicly, but that also did me good. I became more focused,” he said.
Since his arrival in 2011, Boateng has gone on to win 14 trophies at Bayern and revealed that he is currently in the process of considering what next due to the fact that he is now 29.
“I’ve experienced everything at Bayern. We’ve won everything there is to win in club football,” said Boateng.
“And a footballer’s time is limited. I don’t have to kid myself, it’s not 10 years for me any more. But I’m convinced my body has more to give, that I can still improve as a player and play at the highest level for a good few years yet.
“I’ve slowly come to the point where I’m asking myself: What haven’t I achieved yet? Do I want to keep proving myself at the same club with the same old objectives? It’s not just about feeling a certain way in one place.”
He added: “It’s about personal challenge. These aren’t just career questions, they’re life questions. I don’t think anybody can avoid them. At the end of the day, it’s the questions that drive you as a human being.”