Crisis in German football: red alert among youngsters

Dhe national team is in free fall at the end of 2020. When it comes to youth development, too, all the advantages that the German Football Association (DFB) had worked hard for over the past decade are long gone. Just three years ago, in the summer of 2017, the former national coach Jürgen Klinsmann declared that German football lived in paradise. His successor Joachim Löw could draw on the full at the 2018 World Cup and fall back on around forty to fifty first-class professionals. There are so many good players in Germany that you can even put together two top international teams from them. Klinsmann was right. Back then.

Only three years later everything is different. A badly beaten national team and their national coach stagger into the European Championship year after the 6-0 debacle in Spain. Out of nine games since the World Cup disaster in 2018, they have only won one against top nations. The view into the future is also more gloomy than it has been for many years. U-21 national coach Stefan Kuntz sounded the alarm last week: “We’re so beaten!”

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Frustration after the game against VfB Stuttgart

Leon Goretzka wasn’t even sure how to express himself. His coach Hansi Flick said that tiredness wasn’t an excuse, the national player said after Bayern’s 3-1 win at VfB Stuttgart. The 25-year-old did admit it, but he did it with a smile that couldn’t hide the noticeable exhaustion: “I’m definitely very tired,” admitted Goretzka. Flick took it with a smile: “If Leon says that, you have to leave it that way,” said the 55-year-old. Nevertheless, he will probably not be able to grant his key player the urgently needed break.

For weeks, Bayern have been fighting – mostly successfully – against an extreme game plan and their own fatigue. On Tuesday (9 p.m.) they have to play again in the Champions League at Atlético Madrid. Next Saturday, the leader of the table will receive pursuers RB Leipzig for the top game in the Bundesliga. The multiple exposure is already leaving its mark. Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies were already out injured in Stuttgart, and in the worst case, more players will be added: Jérôme Boateng, Corentin Tolisso, Lucas Hernández and Javi Martínez are all down.

“No beauty award”

Investigations this Sunday should shed light on the nature and severity of her injuries. Nevertheless, Flick didn’t complain in Stuttgart either. His team made unusual mistakes again, yes, but they also won this game against the brave newly promoted team – and also benefited from Dortmund’s surprising 1: 2 mistake against 1. FC Köln. At the moment it is enough for these Bavarians to rely on their individual class when it is needed. They don’t have to and can’t dominate games over 90 minutes, and that’s fine for Flick as long as they win in Stuttgart. Either way, he wouldn’t complain because he doesn’t want to give his players an alibi.

“We all know that we are currently not getting a beauty award. But we deliver results, ”said Flick, who at least admitted that his team was“ just at the limit ”. The Stuttgart team had several opportunities to hurt the record champions, but they failed because of their own nerves. Tanguy Coulibaly (20th minute) shot the hosts in the lead after a mistake by Manuel Neuer when running out. But then Philipp Förster (35./36.) Did not use two excellent opportunities to increase. And the Munich punished that in their very own, ice-cold way.

“You can see that Bayern are weak in terms of personnel, that they have too many games and too little vacation,” said VfB captain Gonzalo Castro. “You are already on your gums.” But the Bavarians are the Bavarians. That is why they turned the game around a few minutes after Förster’s top chances and punished the Swabians for their negligence. Two brilliant moments and a little too much space were enough for Kingsley Coman (38th) and Robert Lewandowski (45th + 1) to make it 2-1 before half-time. In the middle of another Stuttgart urge phase shortly before the final whistle, the substitute Douglas Costa (88th) struck and marked the final score.

“We are currently in a phase in which not everything can be done with a snap of the finger,” said Thomas Müller. But it is enough. The only question is how much longer. But Hansi Flick will certainly not ask this question publicly. Instead, he recommended that his professionals “sleep a lot, relax a lot, eat well” before the game in Madrid. He may also leave some regulars at home because his team is already qualified as group winners for the round of 16 in the premier class. He just won’t complain, because: “Whoever accepts it best has the greatest success. And that’s what we want to be. “

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Overweight? Now Niklas Süle is also on the brink

Is the next person at the German record champions that will become a topic of conversation? According to a report, Niklas Süle’s whereabouts in Munich is suddenly in question – for an important reason.

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Will FC Bayern Munich create the next big construction site in their own team? Actually there are already enough well-known personalities that are on the brink. The future of David Alaba is uncertain, the German record champions recently withdrew their offer to extend the contract to the Austrian after some back and forth. Even with Jérôme Boateng, the Munich apparently do not want to extend.

But now there is probably the third big question mark in the Bayern defense. Because according to a report by “Sport Bild”, the club bosses are now hesitating to extend Niklas Süle’s contract. The 25-year-old’s contract expires in 2022. The Bayern leadership is not completely convinced of the defender.

Trouble about weight problems

Accordingly, there is criticism of the national player’s lifestyle – and great doubts about his professional attitude. The bosses were particularly uncomfortable with the fact that Süle came back from the international break with two kilos overweight – there have already been discussions in the past about the weight of the 1.95-meter man. Only when Süle showed significantly more professionalism would the Munich-based company change its attitude towards a possible contract extension.

If there is no change, the next defensive player could be about to leave Munich. Süle came to FC Bayern from TSG Hoffenheim in 2017 for 20 million euros, then became a regular player in central defense from 2018/19, with alternating side members. In so far 109 competitive games for the “Reds”, Süle has scored four goals and provided three assists.

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Thomas Müller from FC Bayern talks about a comeback in the DFB team

Thomas Müller seems open to a return to the German national soccer team. “As I said, none of us resigned,” said the 2014 world champion after his FC Bayern 1-1 draw against Werder Bremen on Saturday on Sky. But he was “not of the opinion that we should discuss players”. After the 6-0 defeat of the DFB selection last Tuesday in Spain “we should discuss other things”. His “main focus” is also “on the club”.

Like his Munich team-mate Jérôme Boateng and Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, Müller was sorted out by national coach Joachim Löw in March 2019. The 60-year-old justifies the decision with the change in personnel, so far he has not deviated from his course. The return of at least parts of the trio was repeatedly called for from different sides – not least after the Spain game by several experts.

Müller said on Saturday: “Of course you suffer with your teammates in the club and your former national team colleagues as well as the spectators.” The fans “longed for things to go well again,” said the 31-year-old. “At the moment there is a lot of negativity around the topic, it really hurts.” In the Nations League in Seville, the national team lost as much on Tuesday as it has not since 1931.

The national team’s crisis allegedly does not burden the work at Bayern Munich. “The boys are professionals enough,” said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic on Saturday in the Sky interview before the game with a view of the Munich national team. The training was good and there were talks with the returning players. “I’m not worried that it won’t continue the way it ended in Dortmund,” emphasized Salihamidzic. The national team should analyze what happened in Seville. “We do our work here exactly as we did it before.”

Salihamidzic did not confirm reports about the supposedly imminent departure of Jérôme Boateng from Bayern next summer. “We all know that Jérôme has an ongoing contract until June 30, 2021,” said Salihamidzic. “We will meet with him and his management at a reasonable time and make a fair decision for everyone.” The former national player’s contract was “not at all our topic at the moment”.

Boateng (32) himself had said that he was “surprised” by the customer that his contract should not be extended beyond the summer of 2021. Coach Hansi Flick had expressed his great appreciation for the central defender on Friday. “He’s a player who has shown outstanding performance, he’s won the triple for the second time. Little need to be said about its qualities, ”he said. “Jérôme certainly knows how I see the whole thing and how I feel about it.”

FC Bayern meanwhile have to fear defender Lucas Hernández’s failure. The world champion hit the ground after a duel in a 1-1 draw against Bremen and was replaced after 19 minutes. He had problems with his hip and will be examined on Sunday, said coach Flick. “We have to wait and see.” For Hernández, who signed for 80 million euros last year, a long absence would be particularly bitter, as he is now a regular at the Munich team as a left-back after a difficult first season.

Alphonso Davies is missing as another left-back injured. Flick hopes that in Wednesday’s Champions League game against RB Salzburg midfielder Corentin Tolisso and right-back Bouna Sarr can return after their muscular problems. “We’ll have to wait and see,” said Flick.

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DFB manager Oliver Bierhoff should present crisis analysis

National team manager Bierhoff is to present a crisis analysis to the DFB presidium for the team of national coach Löw in December – whether there will be a vote on its future is open.

The crisis management around Joachim Löw will last at least until December 4th. On this day, Oliver Bierhoff, as director for the national teams, is to present the results of an analysis of the state of the German elite footballers after the historic 0: 6 against Spain to the Presidium of the German Football Association (DFB). The “Bild” reported after a message from the highest DFB committee on Friday.

FAZ: Need for discussion in the presidium because of Fritz Keller

According to the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, however, “within the Presidium, there is now an increased need for discussions – on their own behalf. According to this, parts of the committee accuse President Fritz Keller (63) of a sluggish course and a lack of communication after the defeat in Seville last Tuesday.

In terms of work-up, the DFB executive committee agreed on a common line, according to the FAZ. The “Bild” wrote of a debate that was “very factual”.

Persuasion plan for success track

But now it’s up to Löw, who has retired to his home in Baden, together with co-trainer Marcus Sorg, goalkeeping coach Andreas Köpke and Bierhoff to analyze and explain the target state as well as the current state. Those responsible for the team must ultimately convince the Presidium of how they want to shape the team into a successful unit again in order to achieve the declared goal of the semi-finals at the EM in the summer of next year.

“There is no free ticket for Jogi Löw,” the “Bild” quoted a participant from Friday who was not named. He will listen very carefully to what Löw’s review looks like and what perspective he is showing the DFB Presidium with a view to the EM 2021. This also includes the question of whether there is a need for more experienced players in the squad who would take command – “especially when things are not going well”. The main concern is the retirement of ex-world champions Mats Hummels, Thomas Müller and Jérôme Boateng.

Löw should be spared further appearance

It is unclear whether there will be a vote on Löw’s future after the meeting at the beginning of next month, wrote the “Bild”. That Bierhoff should explain the situation is because the DFB presidium wanted to spare the national coach another appearance.

The World Cup qualification will be drawn on December 7th just three days after the presidium meeting, which was already scheduled. The national coach will not be able to convene his squad again until mid-March, so that he can work with his national players for the last time before the EM training camp.

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Boateng does not expect a comeback in the national team

Jérôme Boateng apparently has little hope of a comeback in the national soccer team under Joachim Löw. After the 6-0 debacle against Spain, some experts demanded that the national coach have to bring him, Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels back into the selection – but Löw immediately declined. “That was clearly communicated last year. The DFB has chosen this path, you have to respect that – and I do, ”said the 2014 world champion in an interview with Spox and Goal on Thursday.

The 32-year-old added that he doesn’t want to go back to the national team at any cost. “I have expressed my position on this several times, and those responsible at the DFB have also done so. Basically, I don’t rule it out, but it would also depend on how I feel at the moment, ”he said.

The defender had once again developed into a top performer at Bayern Munich under coach Hansi Flick last season and has also impressed this season. Nevertheless, the Munich-based company does not seem to offer him a contract extension beyond 2021, according to a “Bild” report. But he doesn’t want to deal with that either.

Boateng has now come to terms with the fact that his contract with the Bundesliga leaders, which expires at the end of the season, will not be extended. “I was surprised and would have liked to have sat down beforehand. But now I don’t deal with it anymore, ”he said.

He always explained. “That I would like to get to know something else and accept a new challenge”. Boateng is apparently toying with a move to a metropolis. He is “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, ”said the 32-year-old.

Born in Berlin, he moved from Manchester City to Munich in 2011. He will always keep fond memories of the ten years with the German record champions. Boateng: “When the day comes when they part ways, I will look back proudly on the years and many successes with this club. Not many footballers are allowed to experience something like this. “

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What everything has to get better

Sechs to zero. For Spain. Zero to six. For Germany. And that was still gracious, it seemed as if every shot by the Spaniard at Manuel Neuer in his 96th game as national goalkeeper could have landed in the box. The team in front of him, “la team”, made an uninvolved impression, dull, tired, lifeless.

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They don’t defend themselves against the defeat, noted the former national team captain Bastian Schweinsteiger in his new position as an ARD expert. Schweinsteiger has always resisted. He fought. From the final of the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, alongside Mario Götze’s winning goal in the 113th minute, the images of the irrepressible, exhausted, and in the end tear-streaked Bastian Schweinsteiger will be remembered.

And now? Drooping heads, drooping shoulders after the first goal. After three to zero, you had the impression, said ARD presenter Matthias Opdenhövel, rightly, that three more could come for the Spaniards, but not the turnaround. It got worse minute by minute.

An average of 7.34 million viewers saw it, which is a miserable rate for football. It says something. But we would doubt that so many viewers stayed until the bitter end. The commentator Tom Bartels suspected in the second half that it required perseverance in front of the screen, which the people of the national team lacked. The game was far from over and the sixth goal hadn’t been scored.

Now we know how the Brazilians felt, said Matthias Opdenhövel. We can only speak of luck, we thought at this point that this was not the semi-finals of an EM or World Cup. The German selection supposedly wants to make it there. But she won’t do that, as everyone could see on Tuesday evening.

One can understand that in such a downfall with man and mouse the trainer is not immediately suspended and that this is not directly requested in the studio, but it is also – as far as the thing on television is concerned – admittedly a smaller part of the problem. Matthias Opdenhövel asked the national coach what the biggest defeat of a national team since 1931 meant for him personally, but the polite question remained. And when Bastian Schweinsteiger asked Opdenhövel what he thought of a recall of players like Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller, a word that was superfluous: “Players like Jerome Boateng and Thomas Müller,” he said, “had that Triple won with the best team in Europe. They play in the first team and have quality. Why not for the national team? ”Because:“ The national coach and his team have an opinion on this, unfortunately I personally have a different one. ”

Bastian Schweinsteiger now accompanies football as a TV expert on ARD.


Bastian Schweinsteiger now accompanies football as a TV expert on ARD.
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Image: AFP

Why “unfortunately”, Bastian Schweinsteiger? Fortunately, we would say, bearing in mind the idea that a national selection should include the best of the best. The fact that the former national player Mesut Özil, to whom the national coach Löw stuck to the nibelung loyal to the nibelung for far too long, now speaks out with the same recommendation on Boateng is a bitter punchline.

Clinging to the past, stepping on the spot of German national football, is also reflected in the presentation of the games on ARD and ZDF. The gentlemen behind the microphone are always a number more state-bearing, more meaningful than, for example, colleagues Marco Hagemann and Steffen Freund at RTL. When they accompany the national team (and at other games), the two are less squeamish, but never caustic, distant, not friendly, but inside very involved and knowledgeable. On ZDF, however, Béla Réthy has been chatting up the games for years, describes the opposite of what everyone sees, and provides you with over ninety minutes random knowledge, make your ears bleed. Tom Bartels does that better in the first, but from now on his voice is forever linked to the greatest calamity that has befallen German football for decades.

The fact that the German Football Association has frozen since the miserable elimination of the national football team at the World Cup two years ago is one thing. The other is an accompanying program under public law (paid dearly by all of us, by the way) that urgently needs a less good face for the pitiful game and – more Schweinsteiger. The original Schweinsteiger, without “unfortunately”.

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What everything has to get better

Sechs to zero. For Spain. Zero to six. For Germany. And that was still gracious, it seemed as if every shot by the Spaniard at Manuel Neuer in his 96th game as national goalkeeper could have landed in the box. The team in front of him, “la team”, made an uninvolved impression, dull, tired, lifeless.

Michael Hanfeld

Responsible editor for features online and “media”.

They don’t defend themselves against the defeat, noted the former national team captain Bastian Schweinsteiger in his new position as an ARD expert. Schweinsteiger has always resisted. He fought. From the final of the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, alongside Mario Götze’s winning goal in the 113th minute, the images of the irrepressible, exhausted, and in the end tear-streaked Bastian Schweinsteiger will be remembered.

And now? Drooping heads, drooping shoulders after the first goal. After three to zero, you had the impression, said ARD presenter Matthias Opdenhövel, rightly, that three more could come for the Spaniards, but not the turnaround. It got worse minute by minute.

An average of 7.34 million viewers saw it, which is a miserable rate for football. It says something. But we would doubt that so many viewers stayed until the bitter end. The commentator Tom Bartels suspected in the second half that it required perseverance in front of the screen, which the people of the national team lacked. The game was far from over and the sixth goal hadn’t been scored.

Now we know how the Brazilians felt, said Matthias Opdenhövel. We can only speak of luck, we thought at this point that this was not the semi-finals of an EM or World Cup. The German selection supposedly wants to make it there. But she won’t do that, as everyone could see on Tuesday evening.

One can understand that in such a downfall with man and mouse the trainer is not immediately suspended and that this is not directly requested in the studio, but it is also – as far as the thing on television is concerned – admittedly a smaller part of the problem. Matthias Opdenhövel asked the national coach what the biggest defeat of a national team since 1931 meant for him personally, but the polite question remained. And when Bastian Schweinsteiger asked Opdenhövel what he thought of a recall of players like Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller, a word that was superfluous: “Players like Jerome Boateng and Thomas Müller,” he said, “had that Triple won with the best team in Europe. They play in the first team and have quality. Why not for the national team? ”Because:“ The national coach and his team have an opinion on this, unfortunately I personally have a different one. ”

Bastian Schweinsteiger now accompanies football as a TV expert on ARD.


Bastian Schweinsteiger now accompanies football as a TV expert on ARD.
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Image: AFP

Why “unfortunately”, Bastian Schweinsteiger? Fortunately, we would say, bearing in mind the idea that a national selection should include the best of the best. The fact that the former national player Mesut Özil, to whom the national coach Löw stuck to the nibelung loyal to the nibelung for far too long, now speaks out with the same recommendation on Boateng is a bitter punchline.

Clinging to the past, stepping on the spot of German national football, is also reflected in the presentation of the games on ARD and ZDF. The gentlemen behind the microphone are always a number more state-bearing, more meaningful than, for example, colleagues Marco Hagemann and Steffen Freund at RTL. When they accompany the national team (and at other games), the two are less squeamish, but never caustic, distant, not friendly, but inside very involved and knowledgeable. On ZDF, however, Béla Réthy has been chatting up the games for years, describes the opposite of what everyone sees, and provides you with over ninety minutes random knowledge, make your ears bleed. Tom Bartels does that better in the first, but from now on his voice is forever linked to the greatest calamity that has befallen German football for decades.

The fact that the German Football Association has frozen since the miserable elimination of the national football team at the World Cup two years ago is one thing. The other is an accompanying program under public law (paid dearly by all of us, by the way) that urgently needs a less good face for the pitiful game and – more Schweinsteiger. The original Schweinsteiger, without “unfortunately”.

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Thomas Helmer demands “honorable exit” for Jérôme Boateng

After ten years at FC Bayern, Jérôme Boateng is about to say goodbye to the record champions this summer. The Bayern bosses do not want to extend the 32-year-old’s expiring contract. The first clubs are already in position.

  • Helmer demands an “honorable exit” for Boateng
  • Boateng expresses himself for the first time
  • That is why FC Bayern does not extend Boateng
  • Bayern does not want to extend – Boateng surprised
  • Premier League clubs target Boateng

Update 11/16/2020, 8:20 a.m.

In his “kicker” column, ex-national team player Thomas Helmer commented on Jérôme Boateng’s situation at Bayern.

“You can’t accuse FC Bayern of letting the contract expire, but it should be discreet and not open to the public,” said the 55-year-old.

Boateng had “done a lot for the club in recent years and deserved an honorable exit,” said Helmer.

In terms of sport, he can nevertheless understand the decision of the Munich team. “With Tanguy Nianzou, who has been injured so far, Munich already has an exceptional talent up their sleeve,” emphasized the former defender.

Update 11/13/2020, 6:05 p.m.

Jérôme Boateng said he was not prepared for an end to the contract negotiations and an imminent departure from FC Bayern.

“Nobody approached me, nobody spoke to me, I didn’t know anything about it, I was surprised,” said the footballer of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. This week, “Bild” and “Sport Bild” reported that the record champions from Munich will not extend the 32-year-old’s contract beyond 2021. After this decision, Boateng’s departure after the season is fixed.

The association has not yet commented on the reports. Most recently, Boateng played a key role in the Champions League winner under coach Hansi Flick and was regularly in the starting line-up. “I feel that the coach and the team are valued, the rest will be seen,” said the 2014 world champion.

Update 11/13/2020, 7:30 a.m.

After ten years at FC Bayern, Jérôme Boateng will probably end this summer. The record champions will not extend the contract of the central defender “Bild”.

The tabloid has now revealed reasons for the Boateng-Aus. Accordingly, the Bayern bosses should no longer trust the 32-year-old veteran to regularly be on the pitch for more than 90 minutes. His susceptibility to injury is also a thorn in the side of Munich’s management team.

According to the report, the Boateng side was informed early on that there are no negotiations about a contract extension. The player was not informed personally.

Where Boateng will go in summer is still completely open. A career end in the MLS is just as possible as a move to a top club with which he can attack again in the Champions League. Arsenal FC, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are watching “Bild” very closely, according to Boateng’s situation. A transfer within the Bundesliga, on the other hand, is unlikely.

Update November 12th, 2020, 7:27 am

Jérôme Boateng’s adviser Damir Smoljan recently confirmed that his protégé wants to extend his position at Bayern. But nothing will come of it.

As reported by “Bild”, FC Bayern will not extend Boateng’s contract, which will expire in 2021. The 32-year-old was “disappointed” with this decision. Also about the fact that he was not personally informed of the decision of the board of directors. Boateng had previously publicly signaled to his club several times that he would like to stay on Säbener Straße.

According to “Sport1”, Boateng’s side was completely surprised by the news. The player and his management hit the reporting “completely unexpected”, it is said.



Update November 7th, 2020, 8:20 am

A few months ago, Jérôme Boateng was about to say goodbye to FC Bayern. Then there was a U-turn and a real explosion of performance for the central defender. Boateng himself would like to extend his contract in Munich, but the record champions are hesitant. That apparently made two English clubs prick up their ears.

Since FC Bayern continues to hesitate with a new contract offer, according to “Sport Bild” information, two English clubs have become pricked up. Once again, Arsenal FC should be willing to sign Boateng in the summer. In the past transfer periods, the Gunners have repeatedly been considered a possible buyer for the former national player and should never have lost their interest.

In addition to Arsenal, Tottenham is apparently also watching the development around the defender. Coach José Mourinho is not satisfied with the existing staff in the defense center and is therefore looking for reinforcements in the market. The big plus: Boateng would not only be a sporting reinforcement, but also free of charge. An attractive overall package.

Update November 4th, 2020, 3:20 pm

Jérôme Boateng’s contract with FC Bayern Munich ends after the current season, but unlike David Alaba, the Munich management team has so far shown little interest in accepting the contract with the defensive player, who has already been considered a candidate for removal several times in the past extend. The 32-year-old is apparently far from finished with the FC Bayern chapter.

In the meantime, Boateng, who has found his old strength again since Hansi Flick took over the coaching position in November 2019, is said to be enthusiastic about staying at FC Bayern. That reports “Sport1”.

“We are open to contract talks. The future is exciting. We look forward to having talks with Bayern. Jérôme feels incredibly comfortable here. The team is incredibly focused and professional. All of this suits Jérôme,” confirmed Boateng’s agent Damir Smoljan opposite “Sport1”.

“His experience and attitude help every top team. Every young player can benefit from it. His performance has been sensational for months”, Smoljan continues to promote his protégé. A look at the data shows that the consultant is right.

Update 10/12/2020, 2:47 p.m.

During the presentation of the newcomers, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic also spoke about the future of Jérôme Boateng, among other things.

“We appreciate Jérôme very much, he has shown very good performance. We will all focus on the next game and then we’ll look further,” said Salihamidzic avoiding the question of whether the defender will be extended beyond the summer of 2021.

Update October 12th, 2020, 8:29 am

Jérôme Boateng, long-time star of FC Bayern, has made vague comments about his future.

Both a contract extension with the soccer record champions in Munich and a move abroad are of course options for the 32-year-old, whose contract expires on June 30, 2021.

“I can imagine,” said Boateng in the “kicker” with a view to a possible contract extension. “My children feel at home here. With Hansi Flick as trainer and this team, it’s a lot of fun.”

Under Flick, the 2014 world champion was again a regular and a top performer in the Munich defense. After dissonances with the club’s management and recurring efforts to change things in the recent past, Boateng feels really good again.

“In the end, I’m happy to still be with FC Bayern. I’m enjoying football again,” he said.

If the Bayern time ends after ten seasons in the coming year, Boateng would attract foreigners. “Another culture. I like to learn new things and don’t always have to be in the same place. USA, Asia or even another European country, you will see. But it doesn’t have to be,” said Boateng.

Boateng wants to play “as long as possible”. For the time after his professional career, he has not yet fully committed himself. “But not a coach, because you have the same stress as a player. I’ll want to spend more time with the family,” said the central defender.

Update 08/30/2020, 3:24 p.m.

The guesswork about the future of Jérôme Boateng has apparently an end: The defender wants to fulfill his expiring contract with Bayern Munich.

“There have not yet been any talks beyond my contract. But it is clear to me that I will be happy to continue on the path under Hansi Flick,” said the 31-year-old of “Bild am Sonntag”. “I am sure that we can achieve a lot with this team next year. I want to be part of it again.”

Boateng has been playing for FC Bayern for nine years. In 2013 he was already part of the team that won the first triple of the championship, DFB Cup and Champions League. In between, Boateng was on the verge of a change more than once.

In this year’s CL final against Paris Saint-Germain (1-0) he was in the starting line-up, but had to leave the field injured in the first half.

Boateng made it clear that winning two triples with a few teammates would “always” associate them with Bayern. “It is also special for me because I had almost left Munich twice before.”

The fact that he ultimately stayed was also thanks to coach Flick, who trusted Boateng in private last December.

“This conversation before the last game of the first half of the season was definitely a very decisive moment. And one of the reasons why I stayed at Bayern in the winter,” explained the veteran: “It was clear to me that I would get a fair chance under Hansi Flick when I show that I am fit and can find my rhythm again. I never wanted more. “

Update 07/29/2020, 4:24 p.m.

Jérôme Boateng presented himself as an important cornerstone in Hansi Flick’s team in the 2019/2020 season for Bundesliga club FC Bayern. Last summer he was about to say goodbye to Germany. A change could be pending for the new season, as the former national player himself indicated.

He would “not say no” to a possible return to the English Premier League, said the 31-year-old central defender during a question and answer session as part of the Audi Digital Summer Tour. “I loved playing in the Premier League.”

The defender was under contract with Manchester City in the 2010/2011 season and played a total of 24 competitive games with the Citizens. But his year in England did not go as planned. “I was unlucky. I got injured and then didn’t play in the position I was promised. Nevertheless, I took away a lot from this year, I learned a lot from the top players back then.”

After a one-year interlude in the north-west of England, Boateng joined FC Bayern. His working paper will expire there in summer 2021. “I don’t know what will happen next,” Boateng continued: “You never know, but it’s not that I would say I don’t want to play there. It’s definitely one of my favorite leagues.”

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Will Jérôme Boateng leave Bayern Munich in the summer?

ADefender Jérôme Boateng said he was not prepared for an end to the contract negotiations and an imminent departure from FC Bayern. “Nobody approached me, nobody spoke to me, I didn’t know anything about it, I was surprised,” said the soccer player in the Süddeutsche Zeitung on Friday afternoon.

On Thursday, “Bild” and “Sport Bild” reported that the record champions from Munich would not extend the 32-year-old’s contract beyond the summer of 2021. After this decision, Boateng said goodbye after the season, and negotiations about an extension should no longer take place.

The association has not yet commented on the reports. Most recently, Boateng had again played a key role in the Champions League winners under coach Hansi Flick and was regularly in the starting line-up. “I can feel the appreciation of the coach and the team, the rest will be seen,” said the 2014 world champion.

Boateng has been considered a candidate for departure in Munich in the recent past. The former president Uli Hoeneß, for example, called him a “foreign body” in spring 2019 and suggested that he move to another club “as a friend”. A transfer to foreign teams did not take place.

In the past few months Boateng has become important again under coach Hansi Flick. He was in the starting line-up six times in seven games of the Bundesliga season and initiated a late final offensive to 6-2 success with his goal in the Champions League in Salzburg. Coach Flick then said: “It’s just nice to see. We are all glad that he has worked on himself over the last few months and that he has made up a lot.

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