€35m Manchester United target questions Bayern Munich exit talk

Date published: Friday 15th June 2018 7:31 - Matthew Briggs

Jerome Boateng has questioned the comments of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge after the Bayern Munich CEO said the club were willing to let him leave.

Boateng is in Germany’s World Cup camp in Russia and the 29-year-old made that clear when Rummenigge’s comments were put too him on Thursday.

Speaking at Germany’s press conference prior to their opening Group F match with Mexico on Sunday, Boateng said: “Firstly, we are here with the national team and the World Cup is set to start. Everything else is not an issue for me.

“I don’t know why the statements were made yesterday. But I say this again, now it’s all about the World Cup and that’s my sole focus.

“I want to have a good World Cup, that’s got nothing to do with my own situation, that’s always the same. I want to play my part so that we enjoy a very, very good World Cup, nothing more and nothing less.”

The Bayern chief had suggested on Wednesday that the German champions would be open to selling the centre-back, who has been linked with a move to United.

Rummenigge told Sport Bild: “His thoughts about leaving Bayern still exist, as his agent has told me.

“We know that this topic might be approaching. When a club is interested and Jerome says that he wants to join this club, we will consider it.

“I don’t hide the fact that we have a financial threshold, but it won’t be low for sure. But I know that Jerome is thinking about leaving.”

Boateng, who has missed half of Bayern’s 102 competitive games over the past two seasons through injury, is under contract in Bavaria until 2021.

Sport Bild claim Bayern are believed to be seeking around €35million (£30.8m) for the defender, while Kicker claim Boateng preferred a move to Spain over Manchester.



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