Hansi Flick admits Jerome Boateng could remain at Bayern

    Hansi flick has urged Jerome Boateng to make a decision over his future this winter, admitting the defender has the quality to remain at Bayern Munich

    Boateng has endured a torrid first half of the season at the Allianz Arena, collecting just eight starts in 17 Bundesliga fixtures, and could be leaving Bayern for regular first-team action in January.

    With only 18 months left on his contract, the 31-year-old defender has been heavily linked with a switch away from Germany, with Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, and Arsenal all reported to be in the race for his signature.

    However, Bayern interim manager Hansi Flick insists Boateng has all it takes to remain with the Bavarians but will leave the centre-back to have the final say.

    “I get along with him, and we talk openly,” said Flick, as reported by the Daily Mail.

    “Against Wolfsburg, he came into the side and had some problems, but then he showed he has the quality to play for Bayern.

    “Jerome has to make the decision about his future because it’s about his career.”

    Boateng has emerged as Arsenal’s top priority for the January transfer window ever since the new boss Mikel Arteta decided to shore up his defense.

    The Germany international had a brief stint in the Premier League with Manchester City before joining Bayern in 2011, and his experience might help the Gunners solve their defensive problems.

    Arteta’s men have shipped an average of 1.5 goals per league match this season, keeping a clean sheet in only three of 20 Premier League games so far.

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