Boateng eager to regain starting-eleven status

    A few days after Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga clash with Bayer Leverkusen, Jerome Boateng went public to express his frustration with the lack of playing time

    The 30-year-old defender has fallen out of favor with Niko Kovac following the winter break, making a 1-minute cameo in the Bavarians’ last three league outings.

    The Reds boss seems to be preferring Matts Hummels and Niklas Sule over the former Manchester City man, which bothers Boateng, who has been Bayern’s cornerstone for the past seven years.

    Disappointed with his current role under the Croatian manager, Boateng has broken the silence, stating he will be fighting for his place in the starting eleven.

    “I wasn’t in the starting lineup — that’s not up to my standards. Soccer is also not always fair, but you have to fight your way out. I’ve come out of very different situations stronger,” he told SportBild.

    The Germany international has been heavily linked with the Allianz Arena departure during the January transfer window but has eventually decided to stay.

    Barcelona and Manchester United have been identified as potential suitors, but Boateng has opted to take his chances at the ranks of the Bundesliga holders.

    The robust centre-back has registered 11 Bundesliga starts for Bayern this season, adding five more in the Champions League.

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