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‘I’d like to take on a new challenge’ – Bayern star hints at exit

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A Bayern defender has spent almost all his playing career in his native Germany and admits that smells of pastures new attract him.

Jerome Boateng is currently in the 15th season of his senior career out of which 10 he has spent at Bayern Munich and only one outside of Germany.

The much-experienced center-back started at Hertha BSC as he was a part of the team’s youth set-up before earning first-team promotion in 2007.

Boateng moved to Hamburger SV the same year and it was there that he rose to prominence – attracting interest from European heavyweights while also earning a place in the Germany national team.

Manchester City then signed him for around €11 million in 2010, but fitness issues prevented him to thrive in the Premier League and he returned to his homeland just a year later.

The 32-year old has since built a glorious CV, winning 21 titles with Bayern Munich and the World Cup with Germany.

“I have always said that I would like to get to know something different and take on a new challenge,” Boateng told Goal about his future plans.

“I feel really good and in top shape and have delivered and performed in the last few months. That is also the feedback I get from Hansi Flick and my team-mates.

“My focus is 100 percent on defending the five titles from last season with the club. When the day comes when we part ways, I will look back proudly on these years and many successes with this club.”