Mats Hummels has rejected the chance to join Manchester United in order to remain with Borussia Dortmund.
The German international has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent weeks after he admitted he was 'considering' his options after a disappointing season at Dortmund, with boss Jurgen Klopp also confirming that he will be stepping down after the cup final against Wolfsburg at the end of the month.
However Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has confirmed that the club captain will remain where he is this summer.
"It made sense that Mats was thinking about his future but I always pointed out that we plan [for the future] with him," he told Kicker, with more quotes to be released about his decision to stay put in the near future.
The news will come as a major blow for Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, who is in need of an upgrade at centre-back in the summer window. It seems as though the Dutch boss hasn't been dwelling on the setback for too long and reports in Argentina are already claiming a preliminary deal is in place for Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi.
Argentinian source Ole claim that the player's representatives have agreed terms with Manchester United, who will now look to reach an agreement over a fee in the coming weeks.
Otamendi has been a key part of Valencia's defensive unit this season, and has featured in all but three of their league games. The 27-year-old will depart with Argentina for the Copa America this summer, but Ole say he is likely to be a Manchester United player upon his return.
The Red Devils are likely to be active in the summer transfer window having secured Champions League qualification this season.
They have already agreed a deal for PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay and have also been linked with moves for Gareth Bale, Raheem Sterling and Nathaniel Clyne.
Although Otamendi is a quality player, missing out on Hummels for another season is a major blow for Manchester United.
They have been crying out for a commanding, world class centre-back since both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and Hummels well and truly fitted the bill. However it says a lot about the man that he is willing to stay with Dortmund as all those around him jump ship, and try and help his club get back to the top again.
That's the mark of the man and the type of qualities that Manchester United would have been getting. Sadly it just wasn't to be.
How much of a setback is it missing out on Mats Hummels?
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