Manchester United couldn't top Bayern Munich, says Jerome Boateng

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Boateng was close to leaving Bayern this summer.

Jerome Boateng turned down a move to Manchester United this summer because he felt it wouldn’t be a step up from Bayern Munich.

The Germany defender told Bild that there was interest from both the Premier League club and Paris Saint-Germain over the summer, though he chose to stay put at the Bundesliga champions.

“I had enquiries from PSG and Manchester United,’ Boateng said.

“I did not want just to get away from Bayern, but I was thrilled to try a new challenge.

“I feel well at Bayern. It’s one of the biggest clubs in the world.”

Boateng confirmed that he spoke to United manager Jose Mourinho personally over a potential move.

“I called Jose Mourinho, I told him that his interest was an honor 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.”

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