Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed in Thursday’s Kicker, that Mats Hummels is staying in Dortmund next season. “Mats Hummels cancelled on van Gaal” was the headline, putting the rumors linking the defender with Manchester United to bed for another transfer period.
Zorc said in Kicker: “It was legitimate, that Mats had to make up his mind about his future, but I always pointed to the fact, that we are staying with Hummels next season.” After several talks with Hummels and his father, who is also his agent, both parties reached a “clear consent” according to Zorc.
For Borussia Dortmund it’s great news to their captain for another season. Mats Hummels is one of the figureheads at BVB and one of the best defenders there is – unless he is going through an injury-ridden post world-cup season. Though in the final stints of the 2014/2015 Hummels has found back to his old self and is one reason why Dortmund’s defense stabilized significantly.
Hummels has revealed in a Kicker-interview in March, that he is unsure on his future. In essence, the World Champion wanted to see a successful perspective in order to stay for another season. Now that the decision is made, one could assume that he sees Dortmund rising back to the top under new coach Thomas Tuchel. Hummels always underlined how comfortable he feels at Borussia Dortmund and how much the club is meaning to him after joining in January 2008 and that he always cherished playing football with teammates, who are also his friends.
Though as much as Mats Hummels is the closest thing to football-romanticism Dortmund fans have, one might not forget that it wasn’t the defenders’ choice to make. Even if he intended a switch to the Premiere League, BVB could have simply said ‘no’. His contract is running out in 2017, so unless he prolongs his deal with Dortmund he is likely to leave in 2016. So it’s BVB’s duty to make the next season worthwhile.