Attempts to sign Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld and Leicester City's Harry Maguire failed and Boateng was one of a number of other centre-backs to be strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer. Today, Jerome Boateng confirms he held talks with Jose Mourinho this summer...
The 30-year-old says that he was tempted by the idea of a new challenge, but could not bring himself to leave a club of Bayern's stature.
He admitted that he was thrilled at the prospect of trying out a new challenge but since Bayern was one of the biggest clubs in the world, it was hard for him to walk away.
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The 2014 FIFA World Cup victor was heavily linked with the Red Devils and Paris Saint-Germain in the latest transfer window, but a move away from the German giants did not materialise.
Barcelona stars have been queuing up to publicly call on him to join them at the Nou Camp. "Not because I wanted to leave Bayern Munich by all means".
Get the latest World Cup news updates. "Everything has to fall in place to top this club, if I do it. Niko Kovac gave me the feeling that I am very important for him and the club".
Mourinho is said to be determined to mould Rashford into one of the best players in the world in his position, whereas Martial's future remains as uncertain as ever.