Mats Hummels has insisted Manchester United is the only club for which he would leave Borussia Dortmund.
The 26-year-old defenders contract runs until 2017, but he has long been courted by the United, whose manager Louis van Gaal is looking for a defensive leader.
The Germany centre-back told Monday’s edition of Kicker that he “often thinks about moving abroad”, but gave Tuesday’s instalment of Bild a far stronger indication of his Manchester thoughts.
“If I was to transfer abroad at some stage, then it would only be to Manchester United,” Hummels said.
Hummels’ agent, his father Hermann, is a friend of Van Gaal from when they both worked at Bayern Munich, where Hummels senior was youth team co-ordinator until 2012, while Van Gaal was head coach from 2009 until 2011.
Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed the club captain informed them he is weighing up his options.
“Mats had a conversation with [director of sport] Michael Zorc and myself two weeks ago, when he informed us that he is thinking about his future,” said Watzke. “That is completely legitimate. He has a contract until 2017 and we haven’t received an offer, therefore we’re pretty relaxed.”
Despite Dortmund’s poor season Hummels is statistically the second best center half in Europe this season. Do you think we will see the Hummels at Old Trafford next season?