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Jerome Boateng joins OL through June 30 2023

Published on 01 September 2021 at 2:50 PM
Jérôme Boateng à l’OL jusqu’au 30 juin 2023
Olympique Lyonnais are very happy to announce the arrival of the German international defender Jérôme Boateng. Out of contract since July 1 after ten years with Bayern Munich, the 2014 World Champion and two-time Champions League winner has signed for OL for the next two seasons -- until June 30, 2023.

Born on September 3, 1988 in Berlin, Jérôme Boateng has had an impressive career to date, with nearly 600 high-level matches and plenty of trophies to show for it. After making his debut in 2007 at Hertha Berlin, his boyhood club, the center back moved to Hamburg where he would become one of the centerpieces of the Germany squad, making 113 appearances over three seasons.

These strong performances led him to sign for Manchester City in 2010, where he won the FA Cup (2011), before departing for Bayern Munich a year later. The central defender would spend ten seasons with the Bavarians, winning two Champions Leagues, including the 2020 edition, where, in the Final 8 in Lisbon, he would eliminate Olympique Lyonnais. He also won nine German league titles and five domestic cups. In addition to this substantial record, he also won two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups.

A German international from a young age, Jérôme Boateng also has 76 caps for Germany. Called up during the last three World Cups, he won the 2014 edition in Brazil, playing all seven of Der Mannschaft's matches, including the quarterfinal against the French team (0-1) and the semifinal against the hosts (7-1).

Olympique Lyonnais is delighted with the arrival of Jérôme Boateng, the fifth German player in the club's history and the fifth recruit in this summer transfer window, which perfectly meets the recruitment priorities that OL and Peter Bosz had set for themselves.

The Lyon coach, who initially wanted to take the time to observe his entire squad, had targeted several player profiles in order to strengthen the squad, favoring, as in the recent signings of Emerson, the double reigning European champion, Xherdan Shaqiri and today Jerome Boateng, a two-time winner of the Champions League, very experienced players with a professional attitude.

In addition to these three new recruits, Olympique Lyonnais also have marked arrivals of Damien Da Silva (Rennes) and Henrique (Vasco De Gama), both on free transfers, and proceeded to secure professional contracts for some of the top players from the Academy such as Castello Lukeba and Malo Gusto, who are working for the first time with the first team this season.

In addition to the qualitative and ambitious recruitment made this summer, Olympique Lyonnais have sold Jean Lucas (Monaco), Melvin Bard (Nice), Joachim Andersen (Crystal Palace) and most recently Maxwel Cornet (Burnley) for a total of €46.50 M also loaned out Youssouf Koné (Troyes), Yaya Soumaré (Dijon) and Cenz Ozkaçar (Louvain).

This transfer window will thus have enabled Olympique Lyonnais to have a quality first team, made up overwhelmingly of senior internationals or U-21 players, who will compete, with the greatest ambitions in the Europa League and will also have as an objective domestically qualification for the Champions League for next season.