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Boateng was one of several defenders who had been targeted by Manchester United in the transfer window as Mourinho aimed to bring in a new centre-half.

Jerome Boateng personally called Jose Mourinho to tell him he won't be joining Manchester United.

One job that the World Cup victor continues to be linked with is Jose Mourinho's at Manchester United.

And Boateng confirmed that the former Frankfurt coach was one of the factors keeping him. However, despite being tempted by a new challenge, the defender explained that it wasn't easy for him to leave a club like Bayern Munich.

Speaking to Sport Bild, the experienced player explained: "I had enquiries from Paris-Saint Germain and Manchester United, and I considered them". It was no escape, but rather the thrill of a new challenge.

Pogba fuelled suggestions that he wants to leave with his comments during the recent worldwide break, and it is widely thought that he will seek a move in either January or at the end of the season.

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Although United have insisted the midfielder is not for sale following reports he may be open to another move away from Old Trafford, the club may decide to cash in on him in the year ahead if he continues to be unhappy in Manchester.

"I feel well at Bayern".

"I phoned Jose Mourinho and told him that his interest honoured me and thanked him that he put his back into United for me", Boateng said.

"I explained to Jose that it's hard to leave Bayern, and if I do, everything has to be in place to top this club". He won the Champions League with the side in 2013, six consecutive Bundesliga titles and three German Cups.

Manchester United lost back-to-back matches earlier in the season but bounced back with a 2-0 victory over Burnley before the worldwide break.