Jerome Boateng reveals Bayern talks
Jerome Boateng has said he is already in talks with Bayern Munich about a new contract, despite the club reportedly putting all negotiations on hold until further notice.
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Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told kicker that the club’s hierarchy want to "take their time and discuss internally and wait and see how things will pan out."
Alongside Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben and David Alaba, Boateng’s contract is the next to expire in 2015, but he is confident of his future at the club after kicker asked him about his chances of extending his stay at the Allianz Arena.
"Whenever we reach an agreement," he said. "For how long, I don’t know. Bayern are a gigantic club. We are currently in talks." When asked whether both sides were nearing each other, Boateng replied: "Yes"
Kroos, on the other hand, said he had not heard from Bayern and talked up the chance of continuing his development by testing himself outside the Bundesliga, after witnessing international team-mate Mesut Ozil's recent switch from Real Madrid to Arsenal.
“There have been no negotiations," he told Bild. "That’s why I don’t have an answer to it right now. One thing is clear, I can imagine a lot of things. Let’s wait and see.
"Abroad the estimation for German players has risen enormously. If now three, four young German players make the switch, similar fees could be paid.
"That’s a sign of quality -- often those are young players, who have not reached the end of their development."