One of the main reasons behind Bayern Munich opting not to offer Jérôme Boateng a contract was the potential backlash from fans, according to Florian Plettenberg.
Late on Thursday evening, Bayern bosses sat down with the former German international to discuss plans. However, it became clear that they were unwilling to sign the 35-year-old due to fan criticism, which can already be seen online.
The criticism stems from Boateng’s ongoing court case for assaulting one of his former partners.
Head coach Thomas Tuchel was the main driving force when it came to trying to sign Boateng due to the lack of defensive reinforcements acquired during the summer transfer window.
Boateng had been training with Bayern for the last week as the club negotiated with the 35-year-old over a potential contract as Bayern are currently suffering from a centre-back shortage due to an injury to Matthijs de Ligt.
Despite the news, the defender was still training with the team on Friday, but he will not be a Bayern player.
Boateng’s last professional game of football, where he played 90 minutes, was over a year ago for his previous club Lyon.
GGFN | Jamie Allen