The German international is reportedly a target for Manchester United as they look to bolster their shaky defence but it seems that Hummels is not interested in a move at this point.
Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has reiterated his desire to stay with the club and has no interest in any big money move away from Germany. The German World Cup winner has been repeatedly linked with a transfer away from Dortmund, with Manchester United being touted as favourites to land him given their lack of quality central defenders after the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic this summer. However, Hummels says that he is not motivated by the lure of any big money move and would happily continue under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp.
Speaking to Bundesliga Magazine International, Hummels said, “It’s nice to hear that big clubs like that are interested in you. I take that as a compliment but it doesn’t influence me in any way, otherwise. We earn enough here in Dortmund. There will always be someone who can pay more than BVB but Dortmund have made a lot of progress during my time here. In any case I believe it’s enough for me. If one day I start thinking about playing abroad, money won’t be the reason. I don’t even think about that at the moment. We still have so much further to go here.”
Hummels also revealed that he respects the idea of remaining loyal to one club for the duration of his entire career. “There are some [who stay at one club for their whole careers], and they are all really great players. Paolo Maldini of Milan, for example, or Steven Gerrard. I would have been so happy for him if he had won the championship with Liverpool. [Lionel] Messi always plays for Barcelona. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller, too, will perhaps play in Munich forever.
“People often speak about the Dortmund ‘project’ in that context but I don’t really like that word. It’s too unemotional and sounds so technical. I’ve been here for six and a half years and it’s simply more exciting and more difficult to win trophies as an underdog. Everybody can win things with 25 superstars in the squad. At BVB, every single player has more responsibility but also more opportunity. It’s difficult to win trophies with Dortmund but it’s always possible. And when it happens, the feeling is simply indescribable.When we won the championship for a second time in 2012, each one of us could have gone wherever we wanted. But I thought: ‘No, what we have here is something truly unique.’ I’m happy I felt this way. You don’t often find a team where people are really friends with each other. If you’ve got the chance to play at such a high level with your mates you have to hold on to that for as long as possible.”
Hummels, who recently returned to action after the injury sustained during Germany’s World Cup winning campaign, is likely to feature in Dortmund’s Champions League tie against Anderlecht tonight.