Jerome Boateng 'still the leader' of Bayern Munich defence ahead of Mats Hummels arrival
By Gerard Brand
Last Updated: 20/05/16 8:59pm
Jerome Boateng still sees himself as the leader of Bayern Munich's defence, despite the arrival of Mats Hummels next season.
Bayern announced earlier in May that they had bolstered their defence with the acquisition of Dortmund's German international centre-back Hummels on a deal until 2021.
Hummels will make his last appearance for Dortmund against Bayern in Saturday's German Cup final in Berlin, and Boateng predicts it will be a difficult occasion for the defender.
Boateng told Kicker: "It doesn't change a whole lot for me with Mats as my new partner at centre-back.
"My position remains the same. I still see myself as the leader of our defence. It does not really matter to me who plays alongside me.
"This last match will not be easy for him, but he's certainly highly motivated to say goodbye with a trophy."
Robert Lewandowski, who moved the same way in 2014, says Hummels is one of the best defenders in the world, and has moved to the Allianz to win titles.
Dortmund are without a Bundesliga title since 2012, the year they last won a major trophy.
"He is one of the best central defenders in the world," Lewandowski told Goal. "He passes the ball upfield very well.
"I am looking forward to playing with Mats. I've already played with Mats for four years. I think he just wants to win titles now."