Bayern Munich players have urged Jerome Boateng to stay with the club amid reports the Germany international will leave sometime this summer.
Boateng, 29, has been linked to both Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, and has made 156 appearances for the club since his transfer from Manchester City back in 2011.
With the transfer window closing, United are hopeful to negotiate Bayern’s asking price down to around £50 million, according to ESPN FC.
“We’d all be sad,” left-back David Alaba said, per Kicker.de. “He’s a world-class player, one of the best in his position.”
“I’ve been playing with Jerome for many years now,” winger Franck Ribery said. “I hope he’ll stay with us because he’s an important player. To me, he’s one of the best central defenders in the world.”
Brother, you do not know how much I’m going to miss you!” Ribery wrote on Twitter. “To me, you are the best, a man of values and principles. I am very proud to have played by your side! You deserve the best for your future. You are a warrior, and you do not see that enough in our job.”
“At Bayern, we have 22 world-class players — 21 after Arturo’s departure,” coach Niko Kovac, according to Bild. “He’s a great player. But if, as a South American, you get an offer from a Spanish club, it’s normal you consider it.
“We decided that we would enable him to make the switch. But also, after Arturo’s transfer, we still have a lot of quality in midfield. No one needs to worry.”