No regrets for Jerome Boateng over City

 


Former Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng has no regrets about leaving the club in the summer.

Boateng spent just a season with City before returning to his native Germany with Bayern Munich in a £12.8million deal.

Since then City have gone on to sweep almost all before them in the Barclays Premier League this season.

Although this year's Champions League campaign has been a difficult experience, City have ambitions to succeed in similar fashion in European competition but Boateng does not rue a missed opportunity.

The 23-year-old, who returns to the Etihad Stadium with Bayern tomorrow, said: "Obviously I'm very happy at Bayern.

"I wouldn't say I regret anything about last season at City.

"I made a lot of friends and it was a good experience for me."

Boateng was thought to be frustrated at being deployed at full-back by City boss Roberto Mancini but the German insists that was not the only reason he left.

He said: "There were other reasons too.

"Obviously I've played at full-back at Bayern too but centre-back is my favourite position.

"I've been asked this question a thousand times but I'm happy at the club, and it really doesn't bother me if I'm played at full-back or centre-back."

Boateng's time at City is remembered for an infamous training ground bust-up with controversial striker Mario Balotelli.

He claims too much was made of that incident and is good friends with Balotelli, who has impressed this term and scored 10 goals.

Boateng said: "It was nothing serious. That sort of thing happens at every club.

"It was a short tussle. We shook hands afterwards.

"I really like him. I hear a lot of stories about him but I know him better and see it a bit differently."

Bayern, who top Group A and have already qualified for the knockout stage, can eliminate City from the Champions League by avoiding defeat tomorrow.

City must win and hope Villarreal can secure at least a draw against Napoli to reach the last 16.

Boateng questioned the togetherness of the City squad ahead of the sides' last meeting in September, but feels the club is making good progress under Mancini.

He said: "I wouldn't say they are much different (to last season) but obviously a couple of quality players have been brought in.

"Last season they won the FA Cup and this season they are in the running for the title, although they are not doing so well in the Champions League.

"I think their coach is doing a very good job and the fans will be satisfied with that."

Bayern have travelled to Manchester without former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben and midfielder Toni Kroos, who are both suffering from flu.

Forwards Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez have also been ill but coach Jupp Heynckes is hopeful both will be fit to play.

And Heynckes insists there is no question of his team easing off.

He said: "Tomorrow's a big match between the leaders of their respective leagues - which is always a matter of prestige.

"Then there's the question of the win bonus and the UEFA ratings too, so it's an important match for Bayern."

Bayern famously knocked Manchester United out of the competition in the quarter-finals two seasons ago but have been offered the chance to train at United's Carrington complex before returning home.

Heynckes said: "After the game I like my players to warm down or work on other aspects of their game, and Manchester United have kindly offered us their facilities for that."

 

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most
Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

Archdiocese sues nuns who turned down star’s $14.5m because they don’t approve of her
Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth': The Scottish play on film, from Welles to Cheggers

Something wicked?

Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
10 best sun creams for body

10 best sun creams for body

Make sure you’re protected from head to toe in the heatwave
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon files

Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games
Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

There is more than a shiny trophy to be won by England’s World Cup women

The success of the decidedly non-famous females wearing the Three Lions could do wonders for a ‘man’s game’ riddled with cynicism and greed
How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map