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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng this summer. The veteran defender is set to leave Bayern when his contract expires at the end of the season, with the club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirming the news last month.

Salihamidzic told Sky Germany: “Jerome’s contract expires in the summer. It will not be extended. He will leave – hopefully with titles.”

Reports have linked him with a move to Tottenham, with Sky Germany claiming last month that ‘concrete discussions’ have taken place between the two parties.

According to German publication Bild, Spurs remain interested in the 32-year-old, despite currently being managerless.

Boateng is said to be ‘top of the wish list’ at Spurs, while a move to the MLS is also ‘conceivable’.

The report also claims that Boateng wants a three-year contract and he is willing to take a pay cut.

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He is not the only defender who will be departing the Allianz Arena this summer, with David Alaba also set to leave at the end of the season.

Alaba turned down the offer of a new deal from Bayern and he recently opened up about his impending departure in an interview with the club’s official website.

“It’s always difficult when something comes to an end and it’s no secret that I’ve always really felt at home here,” Alaba said. 

“Obviously, I’m leaving FC Bayern with a tear in my eye but also looking forward to my future at the same time. 

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“It wasn’t a decision against the club, but I decided I’d like to do something new and take another step forward. 

“To grow, you have to leave your ‘comfort zone’ – and I deliberately put that word in quotation marks because it could possibly be misunderstood. 

“At FC Bayern, the expectations on the pitch are always extreme from the management, in the dressing room or from yourself. I think that perhaps you have to go into the unknown to be able to mature again.

“I can’t say whether you’ll see me cry but I definitely will inwardly. I had to battle with my emotions recently when we had our last big photo shoot at the Allianz Arena.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the support from our fans over all the years. I’ve always had the feeling of having a special connection to them.

“One time at Frankfurt, a fan called me over to the fence, and after that we had eye contact at least after every game.

“I could always imagine myself in the South Stand because I stood there a couple of times when I was a teenager.

“It’s funny how it’s all turned out. I was a ball boy and, before games in the Champions League, also one of the boys who made waves with the round flag in the centre circle when the stars came out. And then, I was a player on the pitch.”

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