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Jerome Boateng reveals what he told Jose Mourinho when he snubbed Manchester United on deadline day

Bayern Munich defender, 30, emerged as a shock target for United in the final 48 hours of the transfer window

Jerome Boateng has revealed what he told Jose Mourinho when he snubbed Manchester United.

The Bayern Munich star was targeted by Mourinho in his desperate bid to bring in a centre-back at the end of the window.

Jerome Boateng emerged as a surprise target for Manchester United at the end of the transfer window

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Jerome Boateng emerged as a surprise target for Manchester United at the end of the transfer window

Mourinho sounded out Diego Godin and Raphael Varane in the final 48 hours before the August 9 deadline.


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Harry Maguire and Toby Aldweireld were the United boss’ main targets throughout the window, with Yerry Mina also on his radar.

Boateng the called Mourinho to deliver the bad news in person. He revealed to Bild: “I had enquiries from Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.

“I did not want to leave Bayern, but I was thrilled to try a new challenge. I feel good at Bayern. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Jose Mourinho was desperate to land a centre-back at the end of the window

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Jose Mourinho was desperate to land a centre-back at the end of the window

Boateng had a poor World Cup and missed Germany’s final group game after he was sent off against Sweden

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Boateng had a poor World Cup and missed Germany’s final group game after he was sent off against Sweden

“I called Jose Mourinho, I told him that his interest was an honour for me and thanked him for trying so hard for me.

“I explained to Jose that it’s difficult to leave Bayern, and if I do, everything has to be in place to top this club.”

Ex-Manchester City man Boateng, 30, was a surprise name in the frame for a move to Old Trafford after his World Cup flop.

He had a shocker in the dramatic 2-1 win over Sweden and TV pundit Gary Neville reckoned Germany were better off without Boateng when he received his marching orders.

Boateng was suspended for the final game as Die Mannschaft were dumped out with a 2-0 defeat to South Korea.

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