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Hummels ends Man United link, will stay with Dortmund

SINGAPORE — Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels has ended speculation that he could be joining Manchester United after clarifying that he will remain with the German Bundesliga side for at least another year.

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels. Photo: Ernest Chua

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels. Photo: Ernest Chua

SINGAPORE — Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels has ended speculation that he could be joining Manchester United after clarifying that he will remain with the German Bundesliga side for at least another year.

The 26-year-old had been linked with a move to the record 20-time English league champions since winning the World Cup with Germany in July last year.

Despite Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc stating in May that Hummels is not leaving, talk of a move persisted, where United manager Louis van Gaal reportedly saw the German centre-back as the ideal candidate to fill the void left by former captain Nemanja Vidic.

A £21.5 million (S$44.6 million) bid was also believed to have been tabled by United in April.

But Hummels, in Singapore on a brief stopover as part of Dortmund’s pre-season tour of Asia, said he will remain with the eight-time Bundesliga champions, for now at least.

“I have decided not to make a move this year,” Hummels told a media conference at the Fullerton Hotel yesterday. “The only thing I can say about them (Manchester United) is that they are one of the biggest clubs in the world and it’s an honour to be linked with them. But I’ve decided to stay and won’t make a move.”

Dortmund’s first-team, led by new head coach Thomas Tuchel, arrived earlier yesterday from Japan, where they beat J-League side Kawasaki Frontale 6-0 in a friendly on Tuesday. The German side, who will not be playing a match in Singapore, face Malaysian Super League club Johor Darul Takzim in Johor Baru today.

Hummels’ resolve to stay with Dortmund was tested after a poor previous season when the club finished seventh. Dortmund open their Bundesliga campaign against Borussia Moenchengladbach on Aug 15.

Hummels joined Dortmund in 2009 in a €4 million (S$6 million) deal from Bayern, where he was part of its youth academy. Since then, he has helped Dortmund win two Bundesliga titles and reach the 2013 Champions League final where they lost to Bayern. But he said: “I have been here for a really long time ... It’s almost impossible to say what the future will bring, so this is something you cannot really say as a player.”

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