Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels leaves his future at the club open as his contract runs out in 2017. The 27-year-old will have to make a decision soon but is torn, as he has ambitious title dreams. All quotes via German tabloid BILD.
“I don’t necessarily want to leave, but I have to make a big decision. I have been back and forth a lot.” The world cup winner says. “When I sign another long-term contract I’ll be 31 or 32 by the end of it. I’m currently not planning on playing until I’m 38, which is why the next contract is something final. It’s not like I’m 22 and have everything in front of me, where I can say “You can do that later too”. Now I also have to think about my family.”
The defender’s decision will depend on the style of play, but also on his family and friends. “I hope have a clear direction at some point. I want to play a certain style of football, but I also want to win titles. Obviously, my wife, family and friends will also have a say in that decision.”
And so do his team mates.
“Of course it plays a role [that Gündogan and Mkhitaryan are in a similar situation]. We are talking about the issue. It has to be that way, so you know where you stand. The better the team, the bigger the incentive to be a part of that.”
It looks like there will be a decision soon-ish.
“I think everyone involved wants to have a decision long before the Euros. I don’t want to artificially drag it out.”
But it might not be in Dortmund’s favour, as Hummels has one big title left on his bucket list.
“I realise in every year I don’t win a title, I’m closer to retiring. The Champions League is a target for me in any case. I want to win this title.”
At the moment Borussia Dortmund might be among the top five teams in the world, but that still will make a Champions League win a stretch.
If Hummels feels that winning the Champions League is his biggest priority, he might consider a move to either Bayern, FC Barcelona or Real Madrid – maybe even Manchester City, which would, of course, be a gamble in any case.
It’s hard to imagine either of these clubs would take a pass on the world-class centre-back if he was to raise a hand. It seems like the decision of either Hummels, Gündogan and Mkhitaryan hinge on whatever the other players do, whose contracts also run out in 2017.
Borussia Dortmund might be lucky and extend with all three of them, but also might lose out on all of the three key-assets as the house of cards in contract-poker collapses. The Black and Yellows have one “exciting” summer ahead of them – Marcel Schmelzer is also yet to extend his contract.