The 35-year-old Boateng had been training with the team this week and sporting director Christoph Freund said Tuesday that it would be a “nice story” if he re-signed for the club where he twice won a Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup treble (in 2013 and 2020). Altogether, he won nine Bundesliga titles with the club.
But Bayern said Friday “the personnel situation in the center of defense has eased” after all four of the team’s central defenders missed the German Cup win over Preussen Münster on Sept. 26 because of injuries.
Boateng left Bayern in 2021 for Lyon and is not under contract at any club after leaving the French team in the offseason.
Bayern said Boateng “presented himself in good physical condition” and that “as a distinguished former player, he has been offered the chance to continue to maintain his fitness at the club.”
Boateng’s potential return had been opposed by some Bayern fans because of a domestic abuse case involving his ex-wife. Boateng was convicted of assault and ordered to pay €1.2 million ($1.27m) to his former partner in November 2022. That decision was recently overturned because of legal errors and the process must be restarted.