It’s okay, I don’t think anyone will lose sleep over this.
Former Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng is reportedly set to snub the chance to join Manchester United this summer.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on the lookout for a new centre-back this season, a search that has been ongoing the past year before the Norwegian was in charge of the team.
You could say he’s picking up the pieces that were left before him, but it would be wrong to put the blame on José Mourinho, who identified the issue but wasn’t back in the transfer market last summer to address the problem with United’s defence.
The Sun claims that Boateng will instead pursue a move to Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
While there have been a few reports linking the Germany international to Old Trafford, reoccurring from 12 months ago, it never seemed likely that Solskjaer would opt for the 30-year-old who doesn’t have the greatest record with injuries.
Bayern Munich are also open to selling their defender, which should tell everyone they think he’s past it at the top level. Uli Hoeness, Bayern’s president, has publicly advised Boateng to start looking for a new club.
‘I would advise him to leave the club,’ Hoeness said, as per the Daily Mail. ‘Because I think he needs a new challenge. He seems out of place.
‘And as a friend, I would advise him to find himself a new club. The door isn’t shit; he has a contract, after all.’
— Jerome Boateng (@JB17Official) May 20, 2019
If I had a choice in the matter, I wouldn’t have him anywhere near the team. He is past his best and didn’t look cut out for the Premier League when he was at City.