Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng revealed that both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain were interested to buy him in the summer transfer window.
Jerome Boateng revealed why he rejected Manchester United.
Among the two clubs, Boateng felt interested to join the English club. But in the end, Jose Mourinho couldn’t convince the German. And he is now playing his eighth season with Bayern.
The 3o-year old defender played for Manchester City in his early days. He has thinking to take a new challenge but nothing couldn’t convince him enough to leave the club of his heart.
Boateng told Bild:
“I had enquiries from PSG and Manchester United. I did not want just to get away from Bayern. But I was thrilled to try a new challenge. I feel well at Bayern. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world.”
He also revealed that he personally spoke to Mourinho regarding Manchester United’s interest. The manager was trying to buy both Boateng and Harry Maguire. However, Maguire didn’t want to leave Leicester City.
“I called Jose Mourinho, I told him that his interest was an honor for me and thanked him for trying so hard for me. I explained to Jose that it’s difficult to leave Bayern, and if I do, everything has to be in place to top this club.”
The negotiations between Boateng and Man Utd started to break down when the club said they want the player only on a loan deal. Boateng has also become an injury-prone player, one of the reasons behind the clubs hesitating to buy him.
He suffered muscle and tendon injuries over the past three Bundesliga campaigns. As a result, the centre-back missed 27 games in total since December 2016.