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Lothar Matthäus advised Leverkusen boss Rudi Völler to sign Jerome Boateng

By Rune Gjerulff

Jerome Boateng would have been a good signing for Bayer Leverkusen, according to Lothar Matthäus.

Lothar Matthäus.
Lothar Matthäus.Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0
Lothar Matthäus has revealed that he suggested Bayer Leverkusen boss Rudi Völler to bring in Jerome Boateng from Bayern München.

The former German international believes Leverkusen would have to strengthen their defense to be able to compete for the Bundesliga title and believes Boateng would have been a solid acquisition for 'Die Werkself'.

"For me, they aren't strong enough defensively and in terms of depth to compete at the very top," Matthäus said, according to DPA.

"They were linked with several defensive players such as Dejan Lovren from Liverpool and Jan Vertonghen from Tottenham Hotspur. I asked [Bayer Leverkusen boss] Rudi Völler, 'why don't you buy Jerome Boateng?'. He was available as well. They are lacking such a player at the back," he added.

After taking seven points from their first three games, Leverkusen will be up against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

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