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Boateng: A very special day for me

It obviously couldn’t be just any old Wednesday if Jérôme Boateng was accompanied by his father Prince at Bayern’s Säbener Strasse headquarters. It was indeed a very special day, because Jérôme signed a three-year extension to his current contract, due to expire in 2015, keeping him at Bayern until 30 June 2018. Father Prince could not hide his joy and pride when his son reported to the management floor above the FCB ServiceCenter to ink his new deal. Jérôme himself told he was “very proud. I’m totally delighted. The privilege of signing an extension with such a great club means it’s a very special day for me.“

The 25-year-old switched from Manchester City to FCB in July 2011 and has now fulfilled the high expectations held both by him and the club. After a spell switching between full-back and centre-half, Boateng has now established himself as a regular in his favoured centre-back position, featuring in 21 of Munich’s 26 matches so far this term. He has also become one of the first names on the Germany team sheet.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the new deal for Boateng was “logical. Jérôme has made fantastic progress here at our club.“ Matthias Sammer echoed the chairman’s words: “The club is very pleased with Jérôme. We know how well he’s come on and the contribution he’s made to our success.“

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“Good centre-backs are relatively rare nowadays,” continued the board member for sport. “We used to say centre-halves were hewn from the wood in the forest, but nowadays they need all-round ability, in pressing, tackling, passing, and initiating moves. They need a very good footballing education, and that’s Jérôme. His performances have also become much more consistent. We’re delighted he’s a part of our team.“

Boateng is now fired up to pursue “even more big targets,” with Bayern. “I really enjoy working with this team every day,” he declared, “and I have a lot to thank the club for.”  Munich came in for the father of twin daughters just a few months after the player spent a long spell on the sidelines. “They signed me at a time when I was injured. I’ve appreciated the club’s faith in me, including periods when I wasn’t in such good shape. I’m delighted we’ve agreed this contract extension.“

The feeling is mutual, said FCB finance director Jan-Christian Dreesen. “I think all parties will agree it’s a fair contract,” he commented, “we’re delighted we’ve been able to agree terms with Jerome for a relatively long period.“ Boateng will now devote his efforts to Bayern for at least the next four-and-a-half years. Nine days earlier, David Alaba also committed himself to Munich until 2018, also in the presence of his father.