According to a new update from Bild’s Christian Falk, Bayern Munich are set to keep Jerome Boateng in the squad and he will not be permitted to leave the team in January.
Falk goes on to say that the reason behind Die Roten’s stance is the small size of the current squad.
With that in mind, letting Boateng leave in January would leave the Bavarian giants short at the back, and with the race for the title not looking favourable for them at the moment – seeing how they’re lagging four points behind Leipzig – this is something they can’t allow.
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Arsenal were previously linked with a transfer for the veteran, as Sky Sports reported earlier in the ongoing transfer window, and there was also interest from Italy, namely from AC Milan.
But both clubs now look set to face disappointment.
When everything is said and done, this seems like the more sensible option for the Bavarian giants.
Granted, at 31 years old, Boateng doesn’t seem to be the huge star he once was.
In the 2019/20 season, he has only managed to play in 587 minutes across nine games in the Bundesliga, making four appearances in the Champions League as well.
And the fact he’s not as sharp as he used to be, as evidenced by both the injuries and suspensions he has faced in the current campaign, tells us enough of a story of his slow decline.
But beggars can’t be choosers and Bayern, for all their might and glory, seem to be in that exact position right now.
With six players out with injuries across the board – two of which are centre-backs – they just might need all the help they can get.
And Boateng could see his position in the team reinstated, at least for the time being.