In an Interview with Ruhr Nachrichten BVB boss Hans-Joachim Watzke talked about Mats Hummels’ transfer to Bayern and the uncertain future of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Ilkay Gündogan at the club.
Here are some translated excerpts courtesy of Ruhr Nachrichten.
Does Mats Hummels’ transfer to Bayern show that there is no romance in football?
Watzke: “No, that has nothing to do with it. Franz Beckenbauer also left Bayern to play in New York and Hamburg. It’s a pity that Mats leaves. It’s a special situation, because he is our captain and an icon.”
How big is your personal disappointment?
Watzke: “Disappointment is the wrong word, those situations will occur from time to time. But I pity that he leaves, I’ve built a great relationship with Mats over the years. I saw how torn he was over a long period.”
Did you have any hope after Hoeneß’ statements that the fortunes might turn into your favour?
Watzke: “Not because of that. Mats didn’t make it easy for himself, but in the end I have to accept that private matters tipped the scale into Bayern’s favour.”
There are a couple of more players whose future is uncertain. What’s the latest on Ilkay Gündogan?
Watzke: “I talked to him after his injury. He was very downbeat. He knows that we stand by him.”
Last year you reached out to him by offering another one-year extension after his transfer-wish did not materialise. Is this another option for this season?
Watzke: “There are two options. Either he stays and commits long-term to the club or he leaves.”
What is the latest on Henrikh Mkhitaryan?
Watzke: “I don’t want to give any updates. His agent [Mino Raiola] was in America. Now that he is back we will continue the negotiations.”
Though the the question remains how Borussia Dortmund would enforce a transfer on Ilkay Gündogan, if the latter chooses to see out his contract, which is valid until 2017…