Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has hit out at Borussia Dortmund supporters after they jeered players at half-time during the club's Champions League defeat to Italian giants Juventus last night, reports Goal.com.
The German international, who secured World Cup glory in Brazil this past summer, made a 'calm down' gesture to fans at half-time, and he's now insisted that the whistles weren't okay.
Despite insisting that the criticism would have been fine at the end of the game, Hummels has suggested that the abuse came at the wrong time during the proceedings.
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Speaking to reporters after the game, Hummels said: “I did not think the whistles were okay. It would have been okay at the end but not at half-time.”
Ultimately, Dortmund failed to stamp their mark on the game, going down 3-0 on the night to Juventus. Losing 5-1 on aggregate, the German outfit, who have also endured a difficult season domestically, crashed out of Europe's elite competition in the Round of 16.
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And Hummels has admitted that he doesn't know why his teammates didn't perform last night, insisting that they weren't on the same level as Juventus.
On the game, the centre-back continued by saying: “That was a shock, no doubt. Still, we got into our game and the first half was okay. But during the second we totally lost our performance.
"We had misunderstandings and lost every ball. Nothing worked any more. I have no idea why. We deserved to lose in the end, we were not on the same level as Juve.”
Manchester United interest
Hummels, of course, has been the subject of huge interest from Premier League giants Manchester United in recent time, but it remains to be seen as to whether the Red Devils step up their interest in his signature.
It was only a few weeks ago that Ruud Gullit insisted that United chief Louis van Gaal was crazy about the defender.
As reported by the Manchester Evening News, he said: “The only thing for me that is a surprise is Van Gaal didn't buy any good central defenders, that had to be his priority.
"He was crazy about Hummels and wanted to buy him. So I would have bought Man United some good defenders because that was the weakest link.
There's no doubt about it, Hummels would make a fine signing for Manchester United as they go in search of improvement under the Dutch regime.
At the end of the day, the Red Devils have been extremely vulnerable throughout the course of the season, so would only improve with the Hummels in their back-line. It's a signing that certainly looks possible, and one Van Gaal must press ahead with sooner rather than later.
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