Manchester United have been given the all-clear to increase their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund and Germany central defender Mats Hummels, who is likely to move on this summer, reports the Guardian.
The 26-year-old, who scored twice in helping his country to World Cup success in 2014, has recently admitted that he will consider his future at the end of the season. “I think moving abroad will be good for my professional and personal well-being,” he said.
“Eventually, I’d like to leave the Bundesliga. I’m being open about this because I’m not a fan of those who claim they are staying but, behind the scenes, have actually secretly agreed a transfer away from their current club. Everyone knows how much I love it at Dortmund, but I also want to make sure I’m part of a strong team with powerful players.”
In response to those comments, Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watze said: “In this moment this a total dummy discussion, because there is no offer. If one arrives, we will discuss it internally and make a decision. But this decision will only be taken by BVB.
“The situation at Dortmund is like this: We’ve lost one major player each year but we don’t stop playing football. To be clear: Mats knows his contractual situation, he described it in that interview himself. The decision where Mats will play next season will only be taken by BVB.”
Louis van Gaal is a big admirer of Hummels and is especially keen to sign a central defender this summer, while there have been doubts in recent weeks over the long-term futures of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, whose contracts are running down.
Hummels began his career at Bayern Munich, but failed to break through before moving to Dortmund in the summer of 2009. He has gone on to make 250 appearances and score 21 goals, helping to win the Bundesliga title on two occasions.
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