Jerome Boateng says Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has convinced him to stay at the club amid speculation linking him to a move to Chelsea and Arsenal.
The 31-year-old’s game time was severely limited by former boss Niko Kovac, prompting rumours of the defender’s exit from the Allianz Arena.
Boateng’s contract is set to expire next summer and Blues boss Frank Lampard is reportedly eyeing the German World Cup winner as an experienced option in defence.
But since Flick took over from Kovac in November, the centre-back has featured much more regularly and now looks set to stay at Bayern.
‘Before Hansi Flick, I was already thinking about my future,’ Boateng told Welt am Sonntag.
‘At the moment I feel good and can imagine that I will stay. My focus is totally on Bayern and the current season.
‘I need the trust of the coach and his coaching team. I have it again.
‘Even before the time with Hansi Flick, I trained well and hard, but I was not allowed to play and never had the chance to get into my rhythm. It is difficult for every player.’
‘Hansi Flick told me right from the start that he was planning with me and appreciated my qualities. Now I’m really enjoying football again.’
Boateng also admitted that despite the Bundesliga’s resumption last weekend, Bayern players are still considering taking pay cuts to help the club’s finances during the coronavirus pandemic.
‘It depends on where the money goes. Generally, I think it is possible,’ he added.
‘I don’t think people should point their finger at professional footballers. Everyone should be a bit more humble during these times.
‘A photo posted on social media doesn’t necessarily say anything about the player’s life. Just because a footballer spends money does not mean that he donates nothing, or that he is arrogant.
‘For example, Cristiano Ronaldo posts photos from private jets and he donates millions.
‘Other players don’t post things like that, but they live similarly. Everyone has their own lifestyle and can decide for themselves. I think it’s important not to generalise here.’
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