German defender Jerome Boateng has revealed that he rejected Manchester United move because it was so difficult for him to leave a big club like Bayern Munich.
Boating has been strongly linked with the Red Devils move during the summer transfer window with manager Jose Mourinho wanted to bolster his defence.
The 30-year-old admits that he personally called United boss Jose Mourinho and told him that he would not leave the Bundesliga champions for Old Trafford move this summer.
Boateng also held talks with French champions Paris Saint-Germain, but the former Manchester City star decided to remain at Allianz Arena for another season.
According to reports, Mourinho has also contacted Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, Leicester City star Harry Maguire and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin.
The Germany international has made it clear that he really wanted to try a new challenge but he didn’t want to join a club that did not have everything in place.
“I had enquiries from PSG and Manchester United,” Boateng told Bild.
“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.”
“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.”
Boating joined the Bavarians from Man City in 2011 and has since gone on to make 261 appearances for the Bundesliga giants.