"I am going to sign before leaving for the World Cup and the deal will be completed. It has been decided that I am moving there."Like our other HSV old boys Nigel de Jong and Vincent Kompany, Boateng is strikingly assured and confident:
"He [Roberto Mancini] came with two representatives to Hamburg and we chatted for one or two hours. He convinced me to make the transfer. He believes that I will definitely need a few months to get settled in once in England, but that he sees so much potential in me that he will improve me. Even if many people say I am going to struggle to make the breakthrough, I am confident that I will. I am not afraid of anybody."I imagine we'll see him at Eastlands today or tomorrow.