Jerome Boateng: 'I turned down Manchester United move'

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It was believed he chased deals for Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire and Yerry Mina, but he failed in deals for all three.

Jose Mourinho was bent on signing two centre backs, a part of his squad he felt he needed to improve if his side were to challenge for the title.

Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola promised Paul Pogba he would secure him a transfer to Real Madrid or Barcelona before pushing him to rejoin Manchester United, reports claim. "I always give everything for United - I can not say more". Why exactly did the move fail?

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"I phoned Jose Mourinho and told him that his interest honoured me and thanked him", said Boateng.

The 30-year-old says that he was tempted by the idea of a new challenge, but could not bring himself to leave a club of Bayern's stature. "I explained to Jose that it's hard to leave Bayern and, if I do, everything has to be in place to top this club". I feel well at Bayern, it's one of the biggest clubs in the world.

Boateng actually lined out against United in a pre-season friendly on August 5 and must have impressed Mourinho but the German worldwide never looked keen on a return to Manchester. "Everything has to fall in place to top this club, if I do it. [Bayern Munich boss] Niko Kovac gave me the feeling that I am very important for him and the club".

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So there we have it.

"That's not true. This summer, I quickly understood Tottenham wanted to keep me".

He looked in good spirits as he arrived back at the hotel following his first full training session since the break as he hopes to inspire his team to a win at Watford on Saturday afternoon. "Regarding my future, everything that was said in the press was not right all the time".

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