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The versatile defender, who is charged with filling a sizeable hole in the title favourites' back line, revealed that he has the backing of his national team boss

Bayern Munich's latest signing Jerome Boateng has revealed that his move from Premier League outfit Manchester City has the backing of Germany coach Joachim Low.

Boateng joined the Bundesliga giants last week after a drawn-out transfer saga and has been charged with the not inconsiderable task of helping to shore up a suspect Bayern defence as they aim to regain the league title.

"Yesterday, Joachim Low told me that he supported this transfer and he sent me a congratulatory message," Boateng told reporters at his first press conference.

Although the former Hamburg is man is capable of playing anywhere across the back four, and even in midfield, he wants to nail down a spot at centre-half with Bayern and improve his prospects of being an international regular at the heart of Germany's defence.

"I want to make sure that the defence is more stable. Of course I will have no free ride here and I will have to ensure I earn my place.

"I want to be league champion and a cup winner. And if possible reach the Champions League final."

Bayern's sporting director, Christian Nerlinger, drew parallels to Boateng's team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger, stating: "After Bastian moved to a central position, he became world class. I challenge Jerome to do the same."

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