Boateng grateful for a decade in Munich with 24 trophies

Former Germany defender Jerome Boateng is grateful for his decade at Bayern Munich where he has won every title on offer before his time at the German heavyweights ends this weekend.

Boateng, 32, joined Munich in 2011 from Manchester City but will not have his contract renewed beyond the season Munich end on Saturday at home against Augsburg.

The 2014 World Cup winner played 362 games for Bayern, winning 24 titles including the 2013 and 2020 trebles.

“I am incredibly proud to be a part of this history here, the fact I could play so many games here, make friends and enjoy football with Bayern,” he said in a report on the club website Wednesday.

“I’m just incredibly grateful to the club and to every individual here that I was able to spend this unbelievable time.

“It was obvious to me I’d move on at some point. I’m a person who needs new challenges. New experiences and proving yourself again are incredibly important to me.”

Boateng, who was already close to leaving a few years ago, has not said where he will play from next season onwards when he leaves Munich along with Austrian defender David Alaba and Spanish midfielder Javi Martinez.

“In the time we’ve spent playing together at centre-back, I was able to learn a lot from you,” Alaba said.

Young full back Alphonso Davies added: “Thanks for everything you’ve taught me. You’re a real leader, you took me under your wing and guided me.”

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