The experienced German international has come to strengthen a defensive sector in the Rhône Valley in great difficulty for weeks.
A world champion in Lyon. While the transfer window seemed to have ended for OL following a new setback, this time in the case leading to the Iranian Sardar Azmoun, the arrival of Jérôme Boateng comes to give a completely different relief to a hardly agitated summer between Rhône and Saône. Center-back years with an evocative CV, the 32-year-old has signed up for the next two seasons with the Gones. A reinforcement of weight for a defensive sector in delicacy since the start of the season, despite a first clean sheet in Nantes last Friday (1-0).
Convinced by the new coach Peter Bosz, anxious to fill in numerically and qualitatively the orphan defensive sector of Marcelo, removed from the group, Boateng landed free of any contract, since the end of a ten-year adventure at Bayern Munich. The native of Berlin has signed up with OL for two seasons and a salary cut in half, he who received a million euros gross per month from the German champion, reports The Team. The fifth German in the club’s history has met the rigorous medical examination before noon, so that he can qualify for OL’s next Europa League campaign, which will face Rangers, Slavia Prague and Brondby. He will also be paid a signing bonus of slightly over one million euros. After Xherdan Shaqiri, it is another well-known name in European football who engages with OL in the home stretch of the transfer window.
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During his presentation, Boateng, who admits to knowing OL from a very young age, admitted that he would have a leading role as soon as he was aligned under the Rhone colors. “It’s an honor for me to be part of this club, he confided. I want to bring my experience to this team, a winning mentality especially for young people. Talking doesn’t help much, but you have to work hard. I have done everything to stay in shape. I have to find the rhythm to reach my best level.»
39 matches played last year
During a summer when his brother Kevin-Prince will have also changed air to find their common roots on the side of Hertha Berlin, Jérôme will discover a third championship after the Bundesliga, therefore, and the Premier League (16 matches with Manchester City between 2010 and 2011). It is especially for his time at Bayern that Boateng remains known to the general public. With the club “record master», The lanky defender of 1m90 will have won nine German league titles, five National Cups but also and above all two Champions Leagues in 2013 and 2020. Facts as long as the arm for the German player of the year in 2016, international (76 caps) and holder with the Mannschäft world champion in 2014.
If he is no longer called by Joachim Löw, now ex-coach, since the end of 2018, Boateng still has solid references at the high level. And the prospect of seeing him associated with Jason Denayer, the usual holder who should be able to compensate for Boateng’s shortcomings in speed, is a promise of better tomorrow for the Lyon rearguard.
The only pitfall, his propensity to chain injuries, some blame him. However, apart from a dark period between 2016 and 2018, the former Bavarian is never absent for too long. Last year, he took part in 39 Bayern matches, proof of undeniable solidity. And it is not this slip of May 5, 2015 passed to posterity following the dribble of Leo Messi that will prove the opposite. He will also have the opportunity to resume on September 19 at the Parc des Princes.