Jerome Boateng may have an extended last hurrah at Bayern Munich

Jerome Boateng, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images)
Jerome Boateng, Bayern Munich. (Photo by Robin Jones/Getty Images) /

Jerome Boateng may still have a role to play at Bayern Munich as he enters the final year of his contract.

Bayern Munich will soon resume Bundesliga action as DFL confirmed the green light given by the government to restart the competition on Wednesday. The defending Bundesliga champions will be looking to wrap up their eighth consecutive league title.

Die Roten is also already looking to reshape their squad in summer. They will have to make some tough decisions regarding the future of some players. Philippe Coutinho and Alvaro Odriozola look certain to return to their parent clubs when their loan deal ends in June.

Senior players such as Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez also face uncertain futures at the club. Kicker has been insisting that Martinez is nearing his time in Bavaria as the club has no intention to offer a new deal. The Spanish midfielder has been heavily linked with a move back to Spain, more specifically to Atletic Bilbao.

The report from Kicker also said that Rekordmeister doesn’t want to extend Boateng’s stay. However, Boateng is not exactly agitating for a move away from the club as he did in the past. Speaking to SportBild this week, Boateng insisted that he would be open to honour his contract at Die Roten and continue playing under Hansi Flick.

"“I owe a lot to Hansi Flick. If he wasn’t a coach now, I might not be at Bayern anymore.”“My contract in Munich runs until 2021. Under coach Hansi Flick I can imagine fulfilling it.”"

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Boateng got the opportunity to get back into the starting XI under Flick due to injuries in the defensive department. The German defender has repaid Flick’s faith by delivering consistent performances, enjoying his best run of form in the past couple of seasons.

Die Roten has been linked with RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, but SportBild (via GGFN) reported this week that Die Roten is not focusing on the French defender. The club is looking to sign a winger and right-back. In such a scenario, keeping Boateng will be a wise move from the defending Bundesliga champions.

Boateng is unlikely to fetch a big fee due to his age and a depressing transfer market, so keeping him a season more would hardly affect Die Roten’s transfer plans. His experience will be handy, as Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Sule try to find their feet after recovering from serious injuries. The club can take a call on his future next season if he continues to flourish under Flick.

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If the former German international continues to deliver under Flick, then Die Roten can live without signing a new center-back in the near future. After a tough two years in Bavaria, Boateng finds himself in an ideal position to bring curtains to his illustrious career at the club with an extended final triumph.