Bayern Munich lash out at Paris Saint-Germain over Jerome Boateng pursuit

Jerome Boateng nearly joined PSG from Bayern Munich on transfer deadline day

Sport360 staff 2018/09/03

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has attacked Paris Saint-Germain over their pursuit of defender Jerome Boateng, suggesting the Ligue 1 champions need to replace sporting director Antero Henrique.

PSG attempted to sign the German centre-back ahead of last Friday’s transfer deadline, but the French club’s advances angered their counterparts.

“I would advise PSG to replace their sporting director. The man is not a great figurehead for the club,” Hoeness told Kicker.

“PSG cannot afford to have such a sporting director if they want to be one the best clubs in the world.”

“We asked for this fee [€50 million] because we do not want to hand over Jerome and assumed that Paris would not pay that amount. We also wanted to do our coach a favour because he wanted to keep the player.”

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic echoed his boss’ comments.

“I do not want to insult anybody. But I will tell you: You can’t do things like that to Bayern Munich, especially when it is about that kind of player,” Salihamidzic said following Bayern’s 3-0 win over Stuttgart on Saturday.

“If a transfer shall happen, many things must fit. We must want it, the player must want it and the other club should show interest in that player. And we never felt that in any moment.

“Even Jerome confirmed to me, that the tactics of the other side were strange.”

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