Mathias Ginter will stay with Freiburg for another season, the club’s chairman has confirmed. The young centre-back had been linked with a transfer to Borussia Dortmund, but this will be placed on the back burner for 12 months. And it may now be that this news ends the hopes Manchester United have of signing Mats Hummels from Dortmund.
Ginter has established himself among the most promising young central defenders in Europe over the past few seasons, with his performances leading to frequent speculation about a transfer of note. Such has his displays been, the 20-year-old was able to earn himself a place in Germany’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup.
Borussia Dortmund have long been listed as the frontrunners to conclude a deal for Ginter, and had been linked with a £10 million bid for the player. Ginter himself is keen to move to Dortmund given that he supports the club, but there will be no transfer this summer.
"Matthias will play for SC Freiburg also next season, this is what we have told him already,” Fritz Keller told Deutsche Presseagentur.
"It's about our responsibility regarding a young player of 20 years of age.
"It's best for everyone that he stays one more year at SC Freiburg."
As reported by the Daily Express, this announcement could have repercussions for Manchester United as Louis van Gaal pushes forward with plans to recruit reinforcements in central defence over the coming months.
With Ginter not joining Dortmund, it will likely mean the club are even less likely to consider selling incumbent Hummels, who is wanted by Manchester United. The Germany international is a supposed ‘favourite’ of Van Gaal, and the new manager is keen to bring Hummels to Old Trafford.
Despite Dortmund’s reluctance to sell the 25-year-old, however, Hummels does have a release clause written into his contract, with an offer of £29.5 million reported to be enough in order to activate this stipulation.
Van Gaal is in the market for a centre-back following the departures of stalwarts Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, and has also been credited with interest in Eliaquim Mangala of Porto, and Bruno Martins Indi, a player under his command with the Netherlands at the World Cup.