D.he former world champion Jérôme Boateng has not yet checked off a possible comeback in the German national soccer team after moving to Olympique Lyon in France. “At the end of the day it’s about performance that everyone has to bring in to earn to play for the national team,” said the 33-year-old central defender in an interview with Sport1. He now wants to get fit and play a good season at Lyon, said the former Munich resident: “If things go well, you might get your chance again.”
Before moving to Ligue 1, the last defender without a club also had contact with national coach Hansi Flick. He told him “that it is a good club that plays internationally and that they would be happy for me if my move to Lyon works”. Boateng had been eliminated from the national team by then national coach Joachim Löw some time after the preliminary round at the 2018 World Cup, like Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller.
Löw’s successor Flick had recently said about the future of the trio in the DFB jersey: “The best are invited when they perform at their best.” and on RTL) he was quite open to Boateng’s comeback. “If we have players who are able to help us, they are very welcome,” he said on Saturday.
Under Flick, Boateng was most recently a regular at FC Bayern. Under Flick he “got a fair chance. One that is about performance, ”said the 33-year-old. “The last two years with Hansi Flick were once again outstanding and we managed to win the Champions League again.” When he moved to Lyon, he had the “right gut feeling”. “I liked the club, the project and the goals of the coach Peter Bosz.”
Meanwhile, Flick described speculations about alleged difficulties in dealing with national player Leroy Sané during their time in Munich as “nonsense”. “We never had any problems with each other,” Flick clarified. On his debut as the new boss against Liechtenstein, Flick had proven that he trusts the Bayern professional (25) even in difficult times. Sané was in the starting line-up and justified the trust with the goal to make it 2-0.
“He showed against Liechtenstein that he is absolutely ready,” said Flick. He even showed a scene in the team circle in which Sané regained a lost ball himself. “The will is there to pursue it, to cut into it. You can see a lot there. Later he scored his goal. When he plays like that, everything is said and we are super happy, ”said Flick.