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Boateng explains why he turned down Mourinho and Manchester United

By Bulinews Team

Bayern München defender Jerome Boateng reveals what he said to José Mourinho when he turned down a move to Manchester United during the summer.

Jerome Boateng.
Jerome Boateng.
During the summer, Jerome Boateng was heavily linked with a move away from Bayern München.

Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain were both interested in the centre-back, but neither of the clubs could convince him to leave Bayern. Now, he explains why.

"I had enquiries from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United," Boateng told Bild and added:

"I didn't really want to to leave Bayern, but I was thrilled to try a new challenge. I feel at home at FC Bayern. It's one of the biggest clubs in the world."

Boateng called Manchester United manager José Mourinho personally and informed him of his decision.

"I called José Mourinho and told him that his interest was an honor for me and thanked him for trying so hard to bring me to Manchester United," Boateng said and added:

"It was a very good conversation in which I explained the reasons why I wouldn't come. It's very difficult to leave FC Bayern. For a transfer to happen, everything has to fit to top this club."

Jerome Boateng, 30, joined Bayern München from Manchester City in 2011.

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