Without a club since July
According to consistent media reports, Jérôme Boateng could soon return to FC Bayern Munich. As « Sky » wrote first and later Fabrizio Romano and the ‘Kicker’ has confirmed that discussions are underway between the clubless centre-back and the record champions. The now 35-year-old defender could start training on Sunday and has already completed the first parts of the medical examination. According to “Sky”, the club’s bosses have had the idea of a return for some time.
Two years after Bayern failed to extend the 2014 world champion’s contract, they now want to sign Boateng in order to strengthen the team. With Matthijs de Ligt (24 years old), Dayot Upamecano (24 years old) and Min-jae Kim (26 years old), coach Thomas Tuchel’s team has three confirmed central defenders. However, all three were absent in the 4-0 DFB Cup win over Preußen Münster during the week due to injuries. Midfielder Leon Goretzka (28 years old) and full-back Noussair Mazraoui (25 years old) therefore had to help in the center of defense. Kim came from Naples this summer for 50 million euros, but Lucas Hernández (27; PSG), Benjamin Pavard (27; Inter), Daley Blind (33; Girona) and Josip Stanisic (23; Leverkusen) left the club. club.
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Bayern would not have to pay a transfer fee. Boateng is without a club. At Olympique Lyonnais, where he moved after his time in Munich, he did not get a new contract after last season.
More recently, Boateng’s agent denied reports that his client was in discussions with Real Madrid to replace the injured David Alaba (31). “In his entire career, Jérôme has never personally offered himself to any club or even called the president, basically no. He has an advisor for this,” Boateng’s player agent Tolga Dirican of “TDS SPORTS” wrote on Friday on the X platform, formerly Twitter. According to the Catalan online newspaper « El Nacional », there is « no truth » in these rumors.
Boateng left Manchester City for Bayern in the summer of 2011 after spells at youth club Hertha BSC and Hamburger SV and played there for ten years. More recently, the former national player has been in the headlines rather than the sports papers, mainly due to a court case. In mid-September, a verdict for assault and battery was overturned by the Bavarian Supreme Court.
Before FC Bayern returns, the trial against Boateng continues
It allowed Boateng’s appeal as well as that of the public prosecutor’s office and the co-plaintiff and referred the proceedings to the Munich I Regional Court. Boateng’s lawyer, Leonard Walischewski, had requested that the October verdict be overturned from last year. “The process was shockingly unfair,” he said. “The accused Boateng had already been finally sentenced before the appeal process even began.” At that time, the professional was fined 120 daily allowances of 10,000 euros each in second instance for assault and insults for having attacked his ex-girlfriend during a vacation in the Caribbean. was sentenced – a total of 1.2 million euros.
Boateng’s right to a fair trial had then been violated, lawyer Walischewski criticized. “The president of the court was not neutral, he was not distant,” he said. He especially criticized the fact that the judge was involved in rejecting a request for bias against himself. The president also stressed that additional evidence presented by Boateng and his lawyers could have a negative impact on the sanction. The lawyer accused the judge of “non-procedural and arbitrary behavior.” “The president did not want to clarify.”
The now-decisive claim of bias came after the judge pointed out that additional evidence from Boateng and his defense lawyers could negatively impact the sentence. Boateng was now « very relieved » after Thursday’s ruling, said Walischewski, who immediately informed his client that the verdict had been overturned. “It’s also clear that it was an important day for him as well.”
However, not every decision made that day went in Boateng’s favor. The appeals court also upheld the appeal of the prosecution and Boateng’s ex-girlfriend, who appeared as a co-plaintiff in the proceedings. The regional court « did not reconcile contradictory information », explained the court spokesperson. The prosecutor and co-prosecutor consider the alleged attack to be dangerous bodily injury, as they assume that Boateng threw a cooler bag or lantern in the direction of the accused. If confirmed, the offense will be upgraded from assault to grievous bodily harm and may then attract a heavier penalty.
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