With a final and pretty clear ‘No’ Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund has ended speculation about his immediate future, or so you would think. To those indulging in transfer speculation, this is obviously a bit of negative news and for those who support the club from Germany’s industrial heartland, today could not have started better.
Just a few days ago Hummels’ departure seemed to be a certainty, but in the end, Borussia Dortmund’s confidence in the German international with the weird first name has paid off. Sporting director Michael Zorc, a BVB legend himself, reiterated that the club had always planned with Hummels for the upcoming season, despite there being legitimate speculation about the defender’s future.
Hummels joined Dortmund from Bayern Munich in January 2008, initially on loan, and has since gone on to make 217 appearances for BVB. He has always been a fans’ favourite at Signal Iduna Park and is the current club captain. Hummels arguably experienced the pinnacle of his career when he lifted the World Cup with Germany in Brazil, helping his team to keep a clean sheet in the final against Argentina.
Although this news should cause some disappointment for Manchester United supporters, Hummels should be commended for his loyalty, especially given Dortmund’s recent misfortunes.