Will Mats Hummels still be a Borussia Dortmund player next season?
Right now, it’s impossible to say - with the player himself admitting he has a “very difficult” decision to make.
The 27-year-old is the current captain of the German giants but has just over a year left to run on his contract and could end up leaving Signal Iduna Park - potentially as early as this summer if he decides against putting pen to paper on a new deal.
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According to Hummels’ father, Hermann, the Dortmund captain will move to one of the “five or six best clubs” in the world if he leaves his current employers.
And he insists that Bayern Munich, Dortmund’s fierce domestic rivals, fall into that category.
Hermann Hummels: Mats could join Bayern
"Mats has to make an extremely important decision in his career," Hermann Hummels was quoted as telling Sport Bild by Goal. "Dortmund is back among the top clubs in Europe, so the decision isn't easy for him.
"But if he should leave Dortmund, then he will move to one of the five or six best clubs and FC Bayern is one of them."
Hummels was previously at Bayern
Hummels began his career with Bayern Munich before being offloaded to Borussia Dortmund, following a loan spell, in 2009.
Despite his previous connections to Bayern, Hummels is now considered a Dortmund hero and would leave his legacy permanently tarnished if he chose to return to the Allianz Arena.
But he wouldn’t be the first Dortmund player in the modern era to complete the switch from Signal Iduna Park to Munich.
Mario Gotze did precisely that back in 2013, while Robert Lewandowski followed suit a year later.
Hummels have trouble sleeping due to decision
Hummels admits he has struggled to get to sleep over recent weeks due to the dilemma he faces, leaving Dortmund fans concerned that he will decide to move on at the end of the season.
"It's a very difficult decision, and when I finally make it people will understand how hard it is for me," Hummels told Sky Germany, per Sky Sports.
"I've set a date, but I'm keeping it to myself.
"It's been taking me at least half an hour extra to fall asleep for several weeks now because this is such a big issue for me."
Interest will be high if he leaves BVB
Hummels is widely regarded as one of the world’s best central defenders, despite his lack of pace.
And should he decide to move, the German World Cup winner will have no shortage of potential suitors lined up to secure his signature.
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