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Boateng: Joining FCB was the right move

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Jan 06, 2012 5:10 pm

Compared to some other players, Jerome Boateng is a quiet, considered and thoughtful speaker. You have the impression that nothing can ruffle the defender's poise, away from the field of play at least. That's exactly why Boateng feels so at home in Munich, as he explained to "The Bavarian mentality is perfect for me. Munich is very comfortable and you settle in quickly."

Jerome, who spent a couple of days on holiday in Miami this Christmas with his half-brother Kevin-Prince Boateng of AC Milan, left Manchester City and signed for Bayern last summer. Some six months and half a season later, Jerome is convinced of one thing: "Joining Bayern was exactly the right step for me."

Boateng has featured in all but five matches this season, and those games were all in the Bundesliga. He was sent off in the defeat away to Hannover, and was automatically suspended for the next three games. By contrast, he has started all FCB's Champions League and DFB Cup fixtures.

All in all, Boateng can be very satisfied with his start in Munich, after a patchy year with City largely due to persistent injury problems. However, there is one area in which the recognised centre-back still hopes to see a change. "Sooner or later, I want to play in the centre," he stated.

Learning from Van Buyten

Recently, Jupp Heynckes has tended to favour a centre-back pairing of Holger Badstuber and Daniel van Buyten. "I can learn a lot from Daniel. He's a terrific defender," said Boateng, who has been obliged to fill in at right-back, just as he did in Thursday's friendly against Al Sailiya. "Obviously, I'm happy to help out on the right, and I'll always do what the coach and the team require," confirmed the 23-year-old.

However, Jerome sees himself firmly as a centre-half over the longer term. "I'm a better player there, and I've had some good games for Bayern in central defence." But Boateng is calmness personified, knowing he is still young, and has a long way yet to go in his career. And in the short term, turning out at right-back for Bayern could yet prove beneficial in other ways.

Chance of regular status for Löw

In the fight to secure a place in Germany boss Joachim Low's line-up, Boateng appears to be in pole position at right-back. "I hope and I think I'll play on the right at the European championship," the player observed, "since I've been playing there regularly, I've spotted a positive development. I'm more and more sure of myself with every match."

That assurance will undoubtedly be useful to Bayern in the second half of the season, as the defender pursues his maiden Bundesliga and DFB Cup titles. "The league is the priority. Winning the cup in my hometown of Berlin would be tremendous. And winning the Champions League is my dream," he concluded.
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