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Kevin-Prince Boateng hails Luka Jovic: “He has everything”

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Kevin-Prince Boateng believes his former Eintracht Frankfurt team-mate Luka Jovic is the complete player, who can “help any top club”.

The strike duo spent last season at Eintracht in what was the first of Jovic’s two-year loan deal from Benfica.

At the time, Boateng was the main forward at the Commerzbank-Arena. Although six goals in 36 games appeared to cause a change of heart for the former Ghana international, who left for Serie A side Sassuolo last summer.

Following Boateng’s exit, Jovic has starred for Eintracht with 25 goals in 43 appearances to his name this season.

In light of rumoured interest from La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, Eintracht quickly tied down Jovic to a permanent contract in April.

“Luka is a player who can help any top club,” Boateng, according to the Bundesliga website.

“When I was there, he rarely played, because he lacked the necessary maturity. But you could already see his outstanding quality.

“He is both-footed, fast, good with his head and has a great technique. He has everything.”

The now-Barcelona loanee also went on to pay tribute to his old Eintracht boss Niko Kovac, who now manages Bayern Munich.

Together, the pair led Eintracht to DFB Cup glory last season by defeating Bayern 3-1 in the final. Kovac was also instrumental in bringing Boateng back to Germany.

“I’m still grateful for that today,” Boateng explained.

“He used to bring me back to earth when I felt like the coolest because I’m a professional footballer.

“We understood each other immediately. Niko initially took me aside and explained to me how to behave in the professional business.

“I am glad that Niko Kovac and Fredi Bobic supported me and always spoke positively about me.

“Niko has given me all the freedom on the pitch, so I could inspire and play without constraints.

“He just told me to take care of the team. For example, if a teammate appeared late for training, I should address that.”

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY – MARCH 17: Kevin Prince-Boateng of Frankfurt shakes hands with coach Niko Kovac of Frankfurt (l) as he is substituted during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Commerzbank-Arena on March 17, 2018 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)