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Bayern Munich president ‘advises’ Jerome Boateng to leave

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President Uli Hoeness believes Jerome Boateng’s time at Bayern Munich is finished and urged him to seek out a “new challenge”.

After coming narrowly close to joining Paris Saint-Germain last year, Boateng has endured a difficult time at Bayern this season.

The German centre-back has struggled for form and fitness. So, he eventually lost his place in the line-up to Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule.

Bayern boss Niko Kovac even decided to leave him out of the squad altogether during Saturday’s 3-0 win over RB Leipzig in the DFB-Pokal final.

Therefore, Boateng appears increasingly likely to end his eight-year stay at the Allianz Arena in the summer.

“As a friend, I would advise him to leave the club. He needs a new challenge, he has seemed out of place recently,” Hoeness told Sky Sport.

Boateng has made 28 appearances for Bayern in all competitions this season. He is under contract until June 2021.

Manchester United and PSG could reignite their interest in the 30-year-old this summer, with both clubs set to splash the cash to bolster squads.

In fact, PSG’s German manager Thomas Tuchel recently spoke on plans to strengthen his side defensively in the transfer window.

Meanwhile, Hoeness also confirmed that Kovac will “100%” stay at Bayern next season after winning a domestic double in his debut campaign.

The Croatian coach’s future has often been up for debate over the past eight months due to Bayern’s lacklustre start.

“A team wouldn’t be able to play such good football if the understanding with the manager wasn’t good,” Hoeness said.

“These reports [about a potential change] were all fairytales.”

When asked if Kovac will stay then, Hoeness replied: “100 per cent, yes.”

BERLIN, GERMANY – MAY 25: Niko Kovac, Manager of Bayern Munich lifts the trophy in celebration with team mates after the DFB Cup final between RB Leipzig and Bayern Muenchen at Olympiastadion on May 25, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)