Bayern München centre-back Jerome Boateng claims his expiring contract is no longer a concern for him.
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Jerome Boateng says he has come to terms with the fact that he will not be offered a new deal with Bayern München.
Bild reported last week that Bayern have decided against extending the contract of the 32-year-old, whose current deal expires at the end of the season.
Boateng admits he was initially surprised by the report, but claims his contract situation is no longer a concern for him.
"I was surprised by the coverage and would have liked to have sat down beforehand. But now I don't deal with it anymore," Boateng said in an interview with Goal and Spox and added:
"I have always said that I would like to get to know something different and take on a new challenge. I feel really good and in top shape and have delivered and performed in the last few months. That is also the feedback I get from [Bayern coach] Hansi Flick and my team-mates. That is the most important thing for me.
"My focus is 100 per cent on defending the five titles from last season with the club. When the day comes when we part ways, I will look back proudly on these years and many successes with this club. Not many footballers are allowed to experience something like this. At the same time, I look ahead full of motivation and look forward to what's coming."