German club confirm reported Spurs target will leave on free this summer

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Dom Le Roy

Bayern Munich have confirmed that experienced central defender, Jerome Boateng, will be leaving the club on a free transfer this summer.

The German club’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, revealed to Sky that Boateng would be departing the current Champions League holders at the end of the season.

Back in January, it was reported that both Tottenham and Arsenal were interested in signing Boateng this summer and the fact that he can now be scooped up for nothing could be an attractive proposition.

It has been a frustrating season for Spurs in the centre of defence, with Jose Mourinho seemingly unable to settle on a first-choice pairing in North London.

The likes of Toby Alderweireld, Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier, Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga have all been rotated but Spurs have been far from convincing at the back.

If Mourinho is after a serial winner then Boateng’s eight Bundesliga titles, two Champions Leagues and World Cup winner’s medal may appeal this summer.

Salihamidzic said: “Jerome’s contract expires in the summer. It will not be extended.

“That was a joint decision of the club management and the coach was also involved.

“I explained that to Jerome and he was very understanding. He leaves through a big door – hopefully with titles.”

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