Jerome Boateng reveals what he told Jose Mourinho after rejecting Manchester United

Jerome Boateng has revealed that he personally called Jose Mourinho tell the Manchester United manager that he would not be moving to Old Trafford this summer.

Mourinho was keen to recruit a new central defender and Boateng was on United’s list of targets along with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire, who signed a new contract with Leicester City earlier this week. Boateng also held talks with Paris Saint-Germain about a potential move to Ligue 1, but the 30-year-old opted to remain at Bayern Munich.

And the Germany international admits he was reluctant to leave the German champions for a club that did not have everything ‘in place’. ‘I had enquiries from PSG and Manchester United,’ Boateng told Bild.

‘I did not want just to get away from Bayern, but I was thrilled to try a new challenge.

‘I feel well at Bayern. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world.

I called Jose Mourinho, I told him that his interest was an honor for me and thanked him for trying so hard for me.

‘I explained to Jose that it’s difficult to leave Bayern, and if I do, everything has to be in place to top this club.’

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