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Jerome targets Brazil

Boateng keen to cement place at centre-back

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If 2012/13 was Bayern's season, it was undoubtedly Jerome Boateng's season too. The player's versatility has often seen him help out at full-back in recent years, for his former club Manchester City, the German national team and also at Bayern, but Jerome became established last term as a reliable, dynamic and tough-tackling centre-back. “I've definitely come on," the model athlete agreed.

There was fundamentally only one flaw in Boateng's record in the first half of last season, when he picked up a harsh red card in a meaningless Champions League group meeting with Borisov just before the winter break. As a result, Jupp Heynckes opened the second half of the campaign with Daniel van Buyten and Dante in central defence. Boateng faced a fight to regain his place, but the 24-year-old put in a prodigious effort and won back his status as a regular, showing true class in crunch meetings with Barcelona and Dortmund. “It worked out well," the player stated on Wednesday, as modest as ever.