Bayern Munich have confirmed that Jerome Boateng will leave the club at the end of this season when his contract expires.
The 32-year-old centre-back was a substitute for Nicklas Sule in the 2-3 loss to Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in the quarter final of the Champions League on Wednesday.
Bayern have already signed France centre-back Dayot Upamecano, 22, from Bundesliga rivals, RB Leipzig, for the 2021/22 season, effectively hastening Boateng’s departure.
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“That was a joint decision of the club management and the coach was also involved,” sports director Hasan Salihamidzic told Sky.
“I explained that to Jerome, he understood.”
Boateng struggled to mark Kylian Mbappe when the fleet-footed 22-year-old scored the visitors’ crucial third goal at the Allianz Arena with the return to come in Paris on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, head coach Hansi Flick spoke out in favour of keeping the 2014 World Cup winner, saying “everyone knows how I feel about Jerome and what quality he has”.
Although Salihamidzic later said Flick agreed with the decision, Bayern’s head coach suggested otherwise in the press conference after Wednesday’s defeat.
Flick refused to answer when asked if it was the right decision to let Boateng leave, saying: “I have to answer the questions here professionally, but I don’t have to answer everything because I don’t want to.”
Boateng joins David Alaba, another key member of the side which won the Champions League title in 2020, who will also leave at the end of the season.
Since joining Bayern in 2011 from Manchester City, Boateng has won the Champions League title twice, anchoring the defence in the treble-winning seasons of 2013 and 2020 and won the Bundesliga title eight times.