Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are set to take their north London rivalry into the transfer market as they reportedly battle for Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng – but Bayern supporters are not impressed.
Boateng, 32, has been a stalwart in the Bayern defence and will have spent 10 years with the German champions when his contract expires next summer. There had been rumours that he could be offered a new deal to stay.
The former Manchester City defender and World Cup winner has played 333 times in all competitions for Hansi Flick’s side – winning eight Bundesliga titles. He is a favourite among Bayern supporters.
However, German newspaper Bild claim that Bayern have decided against extending Boateng’s contract and will allow him to leave on a free transfer next summer – when his £196,000-a-week (Sun) deal ends.
The report claims Tottenham and Arsenal are interested in nabbing the experienced central defender for nothing. It would see him return to the Premier League, after just 24 appearances with Manchester City.
Bayern supporters, though, do not want to see him go. They believe that Boateng deserves another season at the club, given the loyalty he has shown over the past 10 years. One fans Tweeted that the decision “makes no sense”.
Why? He legit deserves it for his last season? Is this how we treat our old players now? Just ignoring their individual performances because of age?
— Ray (@XRaystrikerX) November 12, 2020
That’s unfair if he wanted to get another year he would fully deserve it…
— Leon ⁹ (@leonfcb) November 12, 2020
Actually more important than alaba atm but what do we know
— RMN👑👑👑👑👑👑 (@BayernMamba) November 12, 2020
Makes no sense, only if they trust Nianzou zhat much..
— twenty-⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@alexbayern26) November 12, 2020
Wrong decision, right now he has back being in a really good shape, even as a 3rd central defender he would be more than welcome.
— GPietr_040127 (@GPietruszka) November 12, 2020
Still the best CB we got. Deserves at least another year @FCBayern
— prvkr MiaßanMia (@Aym_prvkr) November 12, 2020
I will miss him ❤❤😔
— §udhansu #MBGA (@ICTbayern186) November 12, 2020
What a shame
— Fluktex (@davieson_9) November 12, 2020