Thomas Muller has backed Jerome Boateng to stay at Bayern Munich amid rumours that the veteran defender could leave in the summer.
Boateng’s contract expires at the end of the current season, and no new contract talks have taken place yet.
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was asked about the defender’s future before the Schalke clash on Sunday. He said, “We will talk to Jerome about this in due course and make a fair decision.”
Hansi Flick has made it clear in the past that he would like Boateng to stay on, and now Muller has given the 32-year-old his vote of confidence.
“He is currently with us,” Muller said. “He stays here! He still has a contract until the summer.
“With a signature on the right paper, that would also be done for the future. Jérôme has been by my side for a long time and it doesn’t hurt if he takes care of me a little longer.”
The pair have played together for nearly a decade, winning numerous trophies, and enjoying a resurgence under Flick.
Boateng happy at Bayern, but keen on MLS move
In October last year, Boateng admitted that he was happy with the Bundesliga and would even consider extending his contract. But added that he wasn’t ruling out a move to MLS in the future.
He told Kicker: “I can imagine [signing an extension]. My children feel at home here. With Hansi Flick as coach and this team, it’s a lot of fun. In the end, I’m happy to still be with FC Bayern. I’m enjoying football again.”
When asked what he would do when his contract came to end, Boateng added: “Another culture. I like to learn new things and don’t always have to be in the same place. USA, Asia or even another European country, you will see – but it doesn’t have to be.”