sportswriter Oliver Trust BERLIN Germany (Xinhua) --
Despite the presence of dozens of
TV crews and hundreds of media representatives from
around the world, Jerome Boateng remained as calm as
The Bayern Munich defender and 2014 World
Cup winner can draw on the experience of 250 games in
the Bundesliga, 71 for Germany and 16 in the Premier
League for Manchester City.
Not even rumors that he may soon be leaving his
current club seemed to unsettle him ahead of his
country’s World Cup curtain-raiser against Mexico this
Looking stern, the 29-year-old made it clear he is
entirely focused on Germany’s mission to win the World
"I won’t be commenting on the matter while in Russia,
we have a World Cup to play and that is all that
matters," the Berlin-born defender stressed.
"I don’t know why these things have been said at this
Meanwhile, 2,500 kilometers away at Bayern Munich’s
headquarters, club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
sparked rumors about Boateng’s future by saying the
defender would be available for sale if "we receive an
offer and he tells us he is considering that offer."
While there remains much uncertainty over Boateng’s
future, some media reports have suggested that the
defender has already decided to leave the 2013 treble
winners after the World Cup.
The Munich-based Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper
reported that Chelsea and Manchester City could well be
interested in signing Boateng, while other media sources
suggest there is interest from Manchester United and FC
The tabloid Bild reported that Boateng’s agent,
former Bayern player Christian Nerlinger, has told the
Bavarian club about Boateng’s possible plans to join a
According to the paper, Rummenigge said Bayern had
been informed about the plans by Nerlinger and "we know
the topic is on our agenda; we’re prepared."
In a recent interview after the German Cup final,
Boateng talked about his age and this being his last
chance to join a big club abroad.
"You don’t get many chances to play for a major
"I’ve reached an age where you start to think about
things like leaving and starting a new chapter in your
According to "Bild", the transfer fee is said to be
at around 40 million euros.
Boateng joined Bayern in 2010 for 13.5 million euros
after failing to hold down a regular place in Manchester
The paper also reported that Rummenigge and club
president Uli Hoeness have already decided upon the
defender’s successor, with 22-year-old German
international Niklas Sule slated to replace Boateng
should he depart.
Sule already plays for Bayern and has a contract with
the club until 2022.
Media reports say the relationship between Boateng
and his club has been strained for a while after
Rummenigge criticized the defender’s lack of
During an extended injury break, Boateng was accused
of investing too much time in promotional activities and
private appointments at the expense of his recovery and
Nerlinger is said to be investigating the market to
present possible options later.
He has said that a decision would not be made before
the end of the 2018 World Cup, and that Boateng would
focus on the German team for the time being.
Boateng announced at a press conference in the German
camp in Watutinki near Moscow:
"I’m here to play a successful tournament with
Germany and not to speak about the future.
"I’m fully focused on the World Cup."