According to rumors, the clubless ex-Bayern star Jérôme Boateng is supposed to be joining the Munich team again. Image: imago images/smith
Memories of the triple Bayern came back on Sunday during training on Säbener Straße. This was mainly due to a special training guest: Jérôme Boateng, who played in Munich from 2011 to 2021 and won the treble of the Champions League, championship and DFB Cup twice with FCB.
For the currently clubless 35-year-old central defender, the guest appearance will not be a unique experience. “Boateng will also be training at Säbener Straße in the coming days,” Bayern announced in a short statement.
Jérôme Boateng became German champion nine times with FC Bayern.Image: dpa / Tom Weller
According to experts, the Munich team is planning to add the long-time defender to the squad for the rest of the season. He will be tasked with filling the gap in defense that became apparent during the week.
In the cup game against Preußen Münster, Bayern played without a trained central defender. All three players considered for this position – Matthijs de Ligt, Dayot Upamecano and Min-Jae Kim – were injured.
So that this doesn’t happen again, Jérôme Boateng should now be introduced to the team. However, this caused mixed feelings among fans and experts.
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FC Bayern: Boateng trains with fans divided
As “Sky” transfer expert Florian Plettenberg announced on Sunday, Bayern are not planning to bag Boateng’s transfer this weekend. The club bosses are generally willing to offer Boateng a short contract. “They are aware that there are critics. But they are convinced that the 35-year-old will strengthen the squad,” Plettenberg explained to X.
The news of Boateng’s return to Säbener Straße caused a lot of waves on X and Instagram. “Are aware of the criticism… and don’t give a shit. Disgusting and embarrassing!” writes one user under the Plettenberg tweet. “As long as he expands the squad, you don’t give a shit about the criticism and the values of the club – wow,” says another.
What the users mean by that: Boateng recently made headlines, especially off the pitch. The Bavarian Supreme Court recently overturned a conviction for bodily harm and insult. The 35-year-old was sentenced to a total of 1.2 million euros in fines last November for attacks on his ex-girlfriend. The process will now be rolled out again.
Jérôme Boateng was most recently on trial in Munich for bodily harm.Image: Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH / Peter Kneffel
But Boateng’s sporting quality is also being questioned. “He wasn’t even good enough for Lyon,” writes one user. The central defender moved to France in 2021, but failed to impress there and was released without a club two years later.
Others point to the short adjustment period that Boateng would likely have in Munich. “It’s a free transfer, he’s already training with the team so he’ll know what’s important,” writes one user. Another noted: “Boateng is a club legend, if you’re a Bayern fan you can’t hate him, he’s one of the most underrated central defenders of our generation.”
FC Bayern: Sebastian Hellmann sharply criticizes the club
Moderator Sebastian Hellmann, who often accompanies FC Bayern’s games for Sky and Amazon Prime Video, sees the impending Boateng transfer as “not a good signal to football Germany and FC Bayern”. The fact that the Munich team “invites a 35-year-old to a trial training session. That is not good news for Bayern,” said Hellmann on Sunday in the “Sport1” program “Doppelpass”.
(with material from afp)
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