Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng has revealed that he turned down an offer from Spanish giants Barcelona down last summer.
The Germany defender, who won the World Cup in Brazil, said that the Catalan club were after his services at the end of the last season as they wanted to strengthen their defence.
However, he added that players don’t need to leave Bayern to sign with Barcelona to win trophies – but admitted he was flattered by the interest.
“I do not know the exact details of how much Barcelona offered for me, but it is true that they wanted to sign me,” he told Sport Bild.
“It's hugely flattering when a club like Barcelona show an interest in signing you. But these days, you no longer leave Bayern Munich for Barcelona when you want to win the Champions League.”
The 26-year-old highlighted his happiness at Bayern Munich, saying that he would love to retire at the German champions when his playing days are over.
“At Bayern, I play for one of the four best clubs in the world. There is no better club for a German player,” he added.
“I would be delighted if I could stay at Bayern for a long time and end my career here after winning many trophies.”
The World Cup winner has played 159 for Bayern to date, where he has scored four goals and assisted nine from defence.
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