Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels.
The German defender has dismissed reports that he may be leaving this summer, amid talk of Sir Alex Ferguson being interested in bringing him to Old Trafford, reports Metro.
Hummels has been impressing at the back for the reigning Bundesliga champions and Ferguson’s reported interest could have something to do with securing a long-term replacement for Rio Ferdinand or Nemanja Vidic.
“But I want to stay here, why should I go? I feel good here and I am very grateful to the club that I got the chance,” the 23-year-old told German newspaper Bild.
Not only has Hummels spoken of his desire to stay with BVB, the report claims that a price tag of about £30million has been mooted for possibly signing him, which may be a little too much considering his age and relative lack of experience.
United would also have to compete with clubs like Bayern Munich for Hummels’ signature – he was actually a youth team player with the Bavarian club but was allowed to leave three years ago.
Ferguson is unlikely to be too dismayed at the player’s comments, as the report claims the Red Devils are eyeing other defensive options in Udinese’s Mehdi Benatia, Ajax’s Jan Vertonghen and Hummels’ team-mate Neven Subotic.