Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Hummels: "I'm happy at Dortmund"
Although it seemed they had done their utmost best to try and sign him this summer, German defender Mats Hummels has snubbed Manchester United and confirmed that he is happy where he is currently, the new captain of German giants Borussia Dortmund.
He won the World Cup with the Germans this summer in Brazil, and his market value increased as he kept up his consistency with good performances in every game, including the match against France in the quarter-finals where he was awarded the Man Of The Match award.
Hummels had this to say to the Bundesliga Magazine International:
"It's nice to hear that big clubs like that are interested in you, I take that as a compliment. But it doesn't influence me in any way, otherwise. We earn enough here in Dortmund.
There will always be someone who can pay more than BVB; but Dortmund have made a lot of progress in my time here. In any case, I believe that's enough for me. If one day I start thinking about playing abroad, money won't be the reason. But I don't even think about that at the moment, we still have so much further to go here."
Hummels has been at Dortmund since 2008, winning the Bundesliga twice during that time as well as helping the side get to the Champions League final last year. Louis van Gaal made the centre-back one of his main targets this summer, but Hummels was rewarded with the captaincy as he confirmed he was happy to stay.
Disappointing news for supporters who hoped he'd move to the Premier League this year, considering he has established himself as one of the best centre-backs in world football at the age of 25. But, it just proves that loyalty in football is still present, albeit a dying breed.