Jerome Boateng should leave Bayern Munich this summer according to the club’s president, Uli Hoeness. The 30-year-old lost his place in the team earlier this season with manager Niko Kovac preferring to play Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule in the centre of defence.
The lack of opportunities has left the former Manchester City star frustrated as he looks to analyse his options in the summer. He was again left on the bench for the 3-0 cup final win over RB Leipzig on Saturday May 25th. Following the final whistle, he stormed down the tunnel as his team mates celebrated their victory with the fans.
AFP reported that Bayern’s president Hoeness said it was time for the veteran defender to move on, "I would advise him to leave the club. I think he needs a new challenge." Bayern president Hoeness told Bavarian broadcaster BR on Sunday,
"He looks out of place. As a friend, I would advise him to find a new club."
His international career also suffered a major blow as Germany’s national manager Joachim Loew announced in March that he will no longer be picking him along with his Bayern teammates Thomas Muller and Hummels for the national side. The coach said that he made the decision, so that he can promote younger talent for the future.
Boateng joined Bayern from Manchester City in 2011 and has won seven Bundesliga titles, four DFB-Pokal cups and one Champions League title during his blazing spell in Munich.
Despite the success, the World Cup winner was close to moving away last year, with French Champions PSG reportedly interested. But the move fell through with Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic critical of the French side for their supposed “peculiar tactics” during the negotiations.
He has two years left on his contract but is expected to leave the club this summer with Inter Milan reported to be interested in signing him.