HOUSTON – Defender Jerome Boateng's role in Bayern Munich's American tour ended early at the weekend after the Bundesliga champions gave him permission to return to Germany "for private reasons."
The 30-year-old former Germany international was considered a transfer candidate but has impressed during close season so far. He returned home late after Saturday's 3-1 win over Real Madrid in Houston.
"From a sporting view I am very happy with him, not only with the performance he delivered today," said Bayern coach Niko Kovac. "That was like as I know him, as we all know him. A big compliment. He had already shown that in training."
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummnigge also commented positively on the world champion from 2014. President Uli Hoeness had previously suggested a transfer towards the end of last season.
"He has done well, he has prepared perfectly for this trip," said Rummenigge. "He came with ideal weight and a certain fitness already."