€20m-rated defender wants to stay at Bayern amid Arsenal interest

Jerome Boateng says Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick has convinced him to remain at the club amid speculation linking him to a move to Arsenal and Chelsea. Germany international’s playing time was severely limited by former coach Niko Kovac, prompting talks of the centre-back’s exit from the Bundesliga giants.

Jerome’s deal is ready to expire next summer, and Blues manager Frank Lampard is reportedly eyeing the defender as an experienced option in back-line. But since Flick took over from Niko Kovac in November, Boateng has featured much more regularly and now seems ready to remain at Allianz Arena.

‘Before Hansi Flick, I was already thinking about my future,’ the 31-year-old defender said. ‘At the moment I feel good and can imagine that I will stay. My focus is totally on Bavarians and the current campaign. I need the trust of the coach and his coaching team. I have it again.

‘Even before the time with Flick, I trained well and hard, but I was not allowed to play and never had the opportunity to get into my rhythm. It is difficult for every player. Hans told me right from the start that he was planning with me and appreciated my qualities. Now I’m enjoying football again.’

The German defender also admitted that despite the Bundesliga’s resumption last weekend, Bavarians footballers are still considering taking pay cuts to help the club’s finances during the covid pandemic. ‘Other footballers don’t post things like that, but they live similarly. Everyone has their lifestyle and can decide for themselves.’