Manchester United target Mats Hummels planning to stay with Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels is reportedly going to remain with the German club for the upcoming season after allegedly refusing to move to Manchester United. The German international had said last month that he wanted to keep his options open for the next season. The club, however, had made it clear that they wanted to extend his contract which runs out in 2017.
It seems that he has had a change of heart and wants to stay on with Dortmund for the upcoming season. The news will come as a relief for Dortmund as there is a fear of a player exodus from the club following the news that coach Jurgen Klopp will leave at the end of the season.
"It was legitimate that Mats was thinking of his future, but I told him we're planning with him," Michael Zorc, the BVB sporting director said as reported by Kicker magazine. The club have also made it clear that they are not planning a major overhaul in the summer though Klopp is leaving the club.
The news will come as a blow for Manchester United who were planning to bring the highly-rated German to Old Trafford. United wanted to sign the centre-back last season also and were hoping that they would be able to land him this time.
Many other clubs were also interested in signing the Dortmund captain, who it looks like, wants to stay put at the Westfalenstadion. Louis van Gaal will be looking to strengthen United’s defence this summer which has been identified as a weak area at the moment.
The latest snub means that The Red Devils will have to look elsewhere. With United getting back into Champions League with a certain top four finish, they will need to strengthen their squad.
United have so far landed talented youngster Memphis Depay from PSV Eindhoven and will look to bring in more names to mount a serious challenge both domestically and in Europe.