Germany & Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng reveals conversation rejecting Manchester United offer

In addition to Pogba Juventus are also considering a move for Real Madrid defender Marcelo

While he may be seen as an upgrade to what is now available to Mourinho, it's hard to see United making such a move without some players being moved on to allow it to happen.

"As a fan, honestly, part of me is that no one is bigger than the club and I am not interested in people who are looking left and right".

Boateng was one of many names linked with the Reds, with Harry Maguire of Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur's Toby Alderweireld two of the most prolific names mentioned.

Cape Town - Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng says he spoke to Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and explained he could not leave the German giants.

The 30-year-old has been at Bayern since 2011, and has represented the club on 261 occasions so far.

The experienced defender has won 6 Bundesliga titles, 4 domestic cups and the Champions League during his time at the Allianz Arena while he also helped lead Germany to the 2014 World Cup. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840.

"I phoned Jose Mourinho and told him that his interest honoured me and thanked him [for trying so hard to try and bring me to United]".

Boateng actually lined out against United in a pre-season friendly on August 5 and must have impressed Mourinho but the German global never looked keen on a return to Manchester. However, despite being tempted by a new challenge, the defender explained that it wasn't easy for him to leave a club like Bayern Munich.

Gary Neville has admitted the Manchester United fan in him would tell Paul Pogba to leave Old Trafford amid links with Barcelona.

"I did not want just to get away from Bayern, but I was thrilled to try a new challenge".

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