Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng says he would “not say no” to the prospect of returning to the Premier League before his retirement.
Germany stalwart Boateng spent the 2010/11 season at Manchester City, arriving from Hoffenheim.
He returned to the Bundesliga in July 2011, though, and has since enjoyed a trophy-laden spell in Munich. The centre-back has won eight league titles and the Champions League, among other silverware.
However, speaking to The Guardian, the 31-year-old said he would not rule out a return to the English top flight. His current contract in Bavaria runs out next summer, with Arsenal and Chelsea previously linked.
“I would not say no,” Boateng said. “I loved it when I was there. For me it was really unlucky because I got injured straight away and then I didn’t really play the position they promised me.
“But I still took a lot from playing in the Premier League. It helped me a lot to play and train with great players. I am definitely down for it, but I don’t know for the future.
“You never know. But it’s not that I would say: ‘I never want to play there.’ It’s one of my favourite leagues for sure.”
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Elsewhere in the interview, Boateng insisted that his Bundesliga colleagues linked with a move to the Premier League would relish the prospect of playing there.
Boateng said: “All these players had really good seasons. Kai, Timo and Sancho are all really good talents.
“They have played for a long time now and I think they are all ready for the Premier League. Of course you have to show that first of all. It’s not that easy because it’s a different league.
“The intensity is different. It’s a different style of game. They have to see if they feel comfortable and like it there.”
Bayern face Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Saturday. The German champions are 3-0 up from the first leg at Stamford Bridge.