Boateng an­noyed af­ter Bay­ern say he can leave fol­low­ing World Cup

The Borneo Post - - SPORT -

VAT U T I N K I : G erma ny in­ter­na­tional Jerome Boateng is ir­ri­tated by spec­u­la­tion over his Bay­ern Mu­nich fu­ture af­ter the Bun­desliga cham­pi­ons said he can leave the club, ef­fec­tively putting him in the shop win­dow at the World Cup.

“I don’t know why the state­ments came out now,” said the cen­tre­back at Ger­many’s base in Vatu­tunki, south-west of Moscow, on Thurs­day.

“There is a World Cup com­ing up, we are here with the na­tional team – that’s the only topic for me.”

On Wedne s d ay, B ay­ern c h a i r ma n K a r l - H e i n z Rum­menigge had stirred up trans­fer spec­u­la­tion about the 2014 World Cup win­ner.

“If a club comes and he an­nounces that he wants to move, we will deal with it,” Rum­menigge said, im­ply­ing that Boateng’s agent had al­ready ap­proached them about the de­fender leav­ing.

The 29-year- old has re­cently re­turned to ac­tion af­ter a groin in­jury and hopes to add to his 71 in­ter­na­tional ap­pear­ances in Sun­day’s Group F opener against Mex­ico in Moscow.

He is un­der con­tract at Bay­ern un­til 2021 and Rum­menigge has said any trans­fer would be ex­pen­sive.

“I make no se­cret, it will cer­tainly not be low,” Rum­menigge added about a pos­si­ble trans­fer fee af­ter Bay­ern paid Manch­ester City around 14 mil­lion eu­ros ( US$ 16 mil­lion) for Boateng in 2011.

How­ever, the de­fender says he is only fo­cused on help­ing Ger­many at the World Cup and re­futed the no­tion he is now up for sale.

“I would like to play well at the World Cup any­way, it has noth­ing to do with my s i tua t i on. I want to con­trib­ute to mak­ing us do­ing very, very well at the World Cup – no more, no less.” — AFP

Queiroz (cen­tre) ges­tures as he talks to his play­ers a train­ing ses­sion in Bakovka out­side Moscow, ahead of the Rus­sia 2018 World Cup tour­na­ment. — AFP photo

Ilkay Gun­do­gan pre­pares to kick the ball dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion in Vatutinki, near Moscow, ahead of the Rus­sia 2018 World Cup foot­ball tour­na­ment. — AFP photo

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