Borussia Dortmund have officially released a statement on Thursday stating that captain Mats Hummels has told the club he wants to move to Bayern Munich in the summer.
The Ad hoc announcement (because Dortmund are market-listed, any relevant news that could influence the share price need to be made public immediately – although it’s debatable if that’s really the case here) reads as follows:
The player Mats Julian Hummels (“player”) informed Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co. KGaA (“Borussia Dortmund”) that he wishes to leave the club in order to join FC Bayern München AG (“Bayern München”) with effect from the 2016/2017 season.
Against this background the management of Borussia Dortmund has decided that the realization of such a transfer shall depend on the condition that Bayern München provides Borussia Dortmund with an extremely valuable offer which reflects the high importance of the player in soccer and other terms for Borussia Dortmund. At present no offer at all has been made by Bayern München yet.
By a way of precaution Borussia Dortmund likes to emphasise that one has not agreed an “exit clause” with the player – also not with any other player of Borussia Dortmund at present – and the player is therefore bound by his employment contract with Borussia Dortmund until June 30th, 2017 at latest.
The announcement confirms what many media outlets had speculated in recent days. Hummels, who’s been with the Black and Yellows since 2008, told German TV after the win over Hertha BSC in the DFB-Pokal semi-finals that he’s mulling over a decision that “costs me 30 minutes of sleep each night.”
Now it’s about the clubs agreeing to a transfer fee for Hummels.
Since Ilkay Gündogan is also close to leaving Dortmund, with Manchester City apparently leading the race for his signature, it’ll be a summer of changes for the Black and Yellows.