Jerome Boateng is only one of a long list of players that have significantly improved ever since Hansi Flick took charge of Bayern Munich. The center-back has been an integral piece of Bayern’s back-line both this season and last season, even when it looked he’d be on his way out of the club towards the end of the 2018/19 campaign under Niko Kovac.

Now, it’s clear that David Alaba’s status is officially in the “uncertain phase.” Alaba could be leaving the club either in the winter or in the summer transfer window as his contract is set to expire at the end on June 30, 2021. Boateng’s contract also expires next June, but with Alaba on his way out, Bayern might need to keep Boateng around for longer than just this season; especially with how well he’s been playing.

Per a new report from Bild, extending Boateng’s contract at Bayern would be a logical and relatively cheap solution from the club’s perspective. The current market value of a contract extension for the two-time treble and one-time World Cup winner would be around €12 million, which is significantly cheaper than going after a marquee center-back signing in the transfer market. What’s also working in Boateng’s favor is the fact that Hansi Flick is a big fan of his and truly believes in his worth to the rest of the squad.