Kelvin Prince Boateng to retire at Berlin

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Ghanaian star Kevin-Prince Boateng says he will end his professional career at his new German club, Hertha Berlin.

The experienced attacking midfielder rejoined the Old Lady as a free agent on a one-year deal last month.

Boateng, who has been a journeyman, left Italian Serie B club Monza after his contract with the club expired at the end of the 2020/21 season.

The 34-year-old has returned to Hertha where he started his career in 2005 and he highlighted conversation with the club’s new director of sport Fredi Bobic.

“This will definitely be my last stop. I don’t know how long it will take, but it will be enough,” Boateng told Bild.

“A year and a half ago, we started talking intensively with Hertha. Michael Preetz wasn’t that convinced what was okay. He could only have called me back once. Then came Fredi (Bobic), then it was easier.

“I said, ‘I only have one dream. I want to put on my jersey again in the Olympic Stadium’. Fredi said: ‘Then we will do everything we can to make this dream come true’.”

Boateng, who has turned out for top Euperoan clubs such as AC Milan, Tottenham Hotspur, Borussia Dortmund and FC Barcelona, knows that he needs to fight for his place in Hertha starting line-up.

“I know I have to knuckle down. The Bundesliga’s a more athletic league than it was, the lads are younger – they don’t stop running. Luckily, my positional play is good,” he said.

“There are some talented players here, but it’s a young team that needs leadership. I know all too well that talent alone isn’t enough. I learnt that, especially in Milan.

“The dressing room was full of superstars. That’s when I knew that if you don’t work hard, you won’t play,” he added.

“I certainly haven’t come here and said: ‘I’m Prince Boateng, I have to play every game’.”

He has played 15 international matches for Ghana and scored twice.

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