Kevin-Prince Boateng’s best days are over – German legend Lothar Matthaus

Former Germany international Lothar Matthaus has criticised Hertha Berlin’s decision to sign Kevin-Prince Boateng.

Kevin-Prince Boateng’s best days are over – German legend Lothar Matthaus

The Germany and Bayern Munich legend believes Boateng is past his best and doesn’t understand his role in the team.

"In Frankfurt he was four years younger. The time of Kevin-Prince [Boateng], who was an outstanding player and also a difficult character, is over in my opinion,” Matthaus said.

"What role does Prince Boateng have? Should he lead the team on the field? Or in the dressing room? Is he the extended arm of the coach? These are all things that also concern the players or the team."

Boateng returned to his boyhood club as a free agent, having parted ways with Serie B side AC Monza in June.

The 34-year-old started his career at Hertha Berlin in 2004 and rose through the ranks to become a first-team player in 2006.

The forward left his boyhood club in 2007 for Tottenham Hotspur and has since played for different teams across Europe.

His journeyman career has seen him line up for Borussia Dortmund, Portsmouth, AC Milan, Las Palmas, Sassuolo, Barcelona and Besiktas.

Boateng’s return to Hertha has, however, not yielded the desired impact yet, as the club sits in 14th position in the Bundesliga with just two wins from seven matches.

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