Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has admitted surprise at speculation that he could leave the club at the end of the season.
The 32-year-old has proved a fantastic signing for the Bavarians since his move to Germany in 2011.
Indeed, Bayern still rely on his influence today, with the German making six Bundesliga appearances.
However, as with team-mate David Alaba, his future with the German champions remains unclear. Like his fellow defender, Boateng’s deal in Munich runs out at the end of the season.
As such, talk has surfaced that he could find a new challenge. What’s more, reports have touted Tottenham to make a move for their long-term target.
Speaking to Suddeutsche Zeitung, however, Boateng says that the recent reports are the first he has heard of his potential exit.
“Nobody approached me, nobody spoke to me, I didn’t know anything about it, I was surprised,” the defender said.
Clearly, whether Boateng signs a new contract before the end of the season remains unclear. However, he has expressed past interest in extending his now nine-year association with his current club.
Boateng moved to Munich from Manchester City in 2011 and has not looked back, winning two Champions League titles among other silverware.
However, in a recent interview, he also said that he would not “say no” to the prospect of returning to the Premier League if the chance arose.
Meanwhile, there remains a public spat over Alaba’s future. The Austrian had received a contract offer from Bayern, only for the club to retract it.
EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool considering defender move
Amid the recent talk about Boateng’s future, several pundits have speculated that Liverpool could look to sign a new defender.
The Reds have lost both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to serious knee injuries. As such, Joel Matip is the club’s only senior, recognised star at centre-back.
But while RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano has been mentioned as a potential target, TEAMtalk understands that the Reds are considering a move for a free agent.