Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has denied any interest in a move to Manchester United, confirming that he has no interest in moving away from his current club at all, as reported by the Daily Star.
Hummels spoke to the press earlier this week, showing a perspective unlike the majority of modern footballers, expressing his desire to remain with Dortmund for the entirety of his career.
In fact, at odds with the rest of the footballing world, he expressed simply that he earns enough with the German giants, so has no real reason to leave, having progressed significantly while playing for BVB and believing that there is still more to achieve with the club.
Hummels has been consistently linked with a move to Man Utd since the start of the summer window, and he was thought to be a key target of Louis van Gaal’s heading into January.
He has denied any interest in a move however, saying: “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 that it’s enough for me. If one day I start thinking about playing abroad, money won’t be the reason. But I don’t even think about that at the moment. We still have so much further to go here.
“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 for ever.”
Manchester United and Arsenal have both been handed a boost in their chase for German international winger Marco Reus, with the forward said to be stalling on discussing a new contract with his current club.
The player is said to be refusing to negotiate a new deal with Borussia Dortmund until the end of the season, as reported by the Daily Express.
Reus is said to favour a move to the Premier League should he decide to make the switch, but the likes of Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are all also considering a move for the 25 year old.
The fact that he is unwilling to renegotiate his contract will come as a huge boost for Arsenal and Man Utd, with Liverpool also said to be sniffing around him.
His current contract is said to include a release clause that will drop to £20 million at the end of the season, a small sum for a player of his considerable talent.
Sportbild say that the German international is not willing to enter talks until the end of the season, with Reus said to be worried about Dortmund’s transfer policy in recent seasons.
Reus has seen Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski leave in recent seasons, with both joining Bayern.
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his shock at the fact that his club were able to bring Shinji Kagawa back to the Westfallenstadion this summer, with the German boss surprised at the fact that Manchester United were willing to let him go, as reported by the Daily Star.
Despite having signed the Japanese international from Dortmund in 2012 for £12 million, the Manchester club were happy to let him move back to the club where he made his name for only £6.8 million, a huge loss on a player who never truly settled during his time in the Premier League.
Klopp, however, highly rates the diminutive midfielder, and threw him straight back into action at the weekend upon his return to Dortmund. He shone in the match against Freiburg, and capped off a good display with a well taken goal.
He said: “I was kind of surprised Kagawa was on the market again.
“His first year at Manchester United was Sir Alex Ferguson’s last year, so that isn’t the time to develop players.
“The only thing you want at that stage is results and titles. Kagawa’s second year at United was the first year of the new coach, so that’s also all about results.
“Then there was a third manager. So we saw the chance to sign Kagawa and we took it. Kagawa was sensational against Freiburg.”
Dortmund face Arsenal in their opening Champions League group stage encounter tonight.