Jerome Boateng has completed his move from Bayern Munich to Olympique Lyon on a free transfer. After his medical was completed, he signed a contract with Lyon until 2023. Lyon gaffer Peter Bosz knows Boateng from his days in Germany when he managed both Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
Jerome’s contract with Bayern expired at the end of June and there was no green light for a possible renewal from the Munich club, he was technically a ‘clubless’ player.
Lyon, on the other hand, took the advantage of acquiring Boateng, an experienced defender whose Stellar football career is beyond reproach. This cannot be fully explained without alluding to the astonishing moments and laurels he won with the clubs he played for and even at the national level.
Before his final signature with Lyon, He had been linked with suitors and several clubs were reportedly queuing for his services including his former club, Hertha Berlin, where his brother is playing for currently.
Jerome’s switch to Ligue 1 was perhaps, one of the weirdest and unexpected options because it’s not where Jerome was expected to wind up his football career. Expectations were high for a defender who had played ten years of active football for a club like Bayern Munich.
Former Manchester City defender started his career at Hertha BSC where he was groomed from the youth system to the senior team.
After a year at Hertha, he made a move and signed for Hamburger SV in 2007. There, he established himself as an important part of the team. In his three years stint with the club, he helped Hamburg reach two consecutive UEFA Europa League semi-finals.
In 2010, Boateng was acquired by Manchester City from Hamburg for a reported fee of £10.4m. After a season in England with Manchester City, In June 2011, Jerome had his attention shifted and he made up his mind to leave Manchester City for Bayern Munich.
His constant excuses were that playing for Bayern Munich would hasten and guarantee his chances of playing regularly for the Germany national team. He also complained how he was being deployed and played out of position, exclusively at right back.
He capitalized on this and he made his move back to Germany where he signed for Bayern Munich for a fee of around €13m in 2011 and since then, he has recorded both domestic and European honors with Bayern.
The most memorable one was the continental treble in the 2012–13 and 2019–20 seasons. His contract with Bayern ended on 30 June 2021.
Expert analysis indicates that Hansi Flick’s move away from Bayern Munich job to the German national team further hampered Boateng’s chances of playing for Bayern this season. The German coach was a big proponent of him when they were together, he even rallied around him when there were discrepancies between the player and the club.
Had it been Flick is still a Bayern Munich manager, Boateng’s contract might’ve been extended at least for a year.
With the arrival of Emerson from Chelsea on loan, Henrique from Vasco Da Gama on a free transfer, Xherdan Shaqiri from Liverpool for a reported fee of €6m, plus Jerome’s additional defensive combative prowess, Lyon should be able to climb their way up this season and qualify for European competitions comes next season.