The German veteran fell out of favor with Carlo Ancelotti at Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich star Jérôme Boateng has confirmed that he contemplated leaving the Bavarian side over the summer after falling out of favour under Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti.
The 29-year-old centre-back also confirmed that Jupp Heynckes, who took over at the Allianz Arena during the international break after Ancelotti got the chop, is one of the most well-rounded managers in world football.
"Maybe because I played not that much with him as coach, he saw me as less because of my injuries," Boateng told Kicker (via Goal) about his time working under Ancelotti. "I had a conversation with the leaders about how they see me in the summer, I said I was thinking about it [a transfer]."
Boateng then went on to discuss his new manager, who has taken charge of Bayern Munich for the fourth time in his career, and what the 72-year-old will bring to the Allianz Arena.
"[Heynckes’] attitude that he wants to give something back to FC Bayern is very positive for us as a team. There are not many managers who have such a keen sense of how to deal with players, their approach, their training, their motivation."
Boateng featured in 82 minutes of Bayern's 5-0 victory over SC Freiburg on Saturday, eventually being replaced by summer signing Niklas Süle.
Thomas Müller put the hosts into a commanding position early on with a poacher's finish, however, the strike has since been given as a Julian Schuster own-goal. Kingsley Coman then doubled Bayern's advantage just before half-time with a simple header, before Thiago's well-placed striker from distance made it 3-0 after the restart.
Robert Lewandowski eventually did get his customary goal to compile further misery onto the visitors before a Joshua Kimmich backheel rounded off what was a perfect start to life back in the Bayern dugout for Heynckes.