In July 2015, Jonathan Tah switched from Hamburger SV to Bayer 04 Leverkusen for €7.5m. There he was a regular player from the beginning and in March 2016 he even became a German international. Recently, the 21-year-old was increasingly associated with a transfer. Borussia Dortmund, for example, are said to be particularly interested in him. In a “BILD am Sonntag” interview, which was given together with Jérôme Boateng, the central defender, has now commented on the transfer rumors and more.
Tah is pleased by the interest of top clubs
Borussia Dortmund apparently wants to make some changes to the team’s biggest problem area, the defense. After Manuel Akanji of FC Basel had already been signed up for almost €20m, BVB have been rumored to be interested in Jonathan Tah. The center-back, who is also in the focus of FC Barcelona, does not even think about a possible transfer, though.
“I am pleased to be associated with such clubs. This encourages me to continue working on me and improve myself,” the 21-year-old explains. However, his full focus is currently on Leverkusen.
Tah did not want to comment on the €25m summer exit clause that was circulating in the media.
Boateng on Tah:”He’s already chief in the defense.”
Jérôme Boateng, who was also interviewed, believes that Tah should not rush to make a change.
“I think Leverkusen is the right club for him at the moment. A team with a lot of potential. But where he also gets time to develop. He does it well there, and I think he’s already the chief in the defense,” the Bayern-Pro explained his opinion.
In general, however, he is convinced that Tah would be able to assert himself at one of Europe’s top clubs. But, it is important to weigh up the risks when making a change. Even as a “very good player” there is no guarantee of a permanent place in a new club.
The two German national players have a very similar background. Both are children of African fathers and German mothers, play in the same position and were players at Hamburger SV in the past. The playing style of Tah and Boateng is also very similar which is no coincidence.
“Jérôme has always been my role model. Many people have advised me: ‘ Look how Boateng does it, try to do it that way’. Of course, I’ve copied a lot from him and I still do,” the Leverkusener admitted.
Despite all the similarities, however, he never wanted to be a copy of Boateng.