Boateng: Playing for Guardiola inspires me

The 26-year-old says the Bayern Munich coach has made him a better player since his arrival in Bavaria and believes he could retire at the club

Jerome Boateng says he has improved as a player since the arrival of Pep Guardiola as Bayern Munich coach.

The Germany international established himself as a key member of the German giants’ XI during the 2012-13 treble winning season and has since blossomed since the Spaniard took charge at the start of last season.

The 26-year-old credits the former Barcelona boss with his growth as a player and says working with the Spaniard inspires him.

“The coach plays a very important role for me,” he told Bild.

“He has clearly told me from the beginning what he wants from me. He has often told me, ‘You can still get much, much better’! 

“To hear that from such a world-class coach inspires you. Tactically, I have learned a lot.”

Boateng went on to say that he can envisage himself finishing his career at Bayern, but failed to promise that he would stay at the Allianz Arena forever.

“I can already imagine finishing my career at Bayern,” he continued. 

“But I will not promise anything yet. I have much to be grateful for at Bayern and I feel super comfortable. 

“I can’t imagine being at another club. This is one of the best clubs in the world. I feel very comfortable here, we have a great coach and a great team.”

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