Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BOATENG 'RANG UP JOSE' TO EXPLAIN HIS SNUB [City Region]

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BOATENG 'RANG UP JOSE' TO EXPLAIN HIS SNUB [City Region]

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BAYERN Munich defender Jerome Boateng claims he called United manager Jose Mourinho to explain his decision to stay in Germany.

The M.E.N. reported United identified central defender Boateng as a fall-back target as they approached the final days of the Premier League transfer window.

Boateng played against United in a pre-season friendly on August 5 - four days before the Premier League deadline - as Bayern explored the possibility of selling the 30-year-old Germany international. However, a move to United or Paris Saint-Germain never materialised and Boateng claims he spoke with Mourinho personally to thank him for his interest.

"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. …

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