Former Bayern Munich II coach and midfielder Mehmet Scholl claims that the club were on the verge of selling defender Jerome Boateng this summer.
Boateng was part of the Bayern squad that won the treble last season but the former Manchester City defender was criticised for his relatively disappointing performances in the last campaign.
Scholl admits that he thought that the 25 year-old would be sold despite making nearly 100 appearances for the club, but has been impressed with Boateng since the arrival of new coach Pep Guardiola.
Speaking to ARD, Scholl said: "They held a conversation with Boateng to tell him that he would not be at Bayern for much longer if he continued to play like last season"
"He has made a big transformation since and you can hardly recognise him anymore. When players show a willingness to change and improve, that shows their class."
Boateng moved to the German champions in 2011 and is now a big part of Guardiola's plans, featuring in seven of Bayern's first eight league matches this season.
Guardiola's side are currently top of the table, one point ahead of Borussia Dortmund.