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Bayern boss Niko Kovac hoping for Boateng stay
MUNICH, GERMANY - AUGUST 05: Jerome Boateng of Bayern Muenchen in action during the pre-season friendly match between Bayern Munich and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on August 5, 2018 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Bayern boss Niko Kovac hoping for Boateng stay

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac expects Jerome Boateng to stay with the Bundesliga Champions but acknowledged the defender could still leave before the end of August.

Boateng featured in Bayern’s tightly contested 1-0 DFB-Pokal victory over minnows Drochtersen/Assel – with Robert Lewandowski netting the solitary goal.

The former City defender revealed at the end of last season that he would be open to a new challenge after seven years at the Allianz Arena, with Bayern unlikely to stand in the way of an exit.

Bayern boss Niko Kovac hoping for Boateng stay

However, Kovac believes the 29-year-old will still be at the club come September.

“If anything happens at the end of the transfer period then we see, it may happen,” said Kovac.

“But I’m going to assume that nothing happens, I’m glad that he got through this game very well.”

Bayern were lackluster for much of Saturday’s encounter, and it took an 81st-minute strike from Lewandowski to see them through.

“It was a difficult game, as it always happens in the first round of the cup,” said Kovac.

“We did not really want that. We were warned, but you have to say that the bottom line is progress.”

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