There has been another twist in the Mats Hummels to Bayern Munich story.
Two days ago, Borussia Dortmund published a statement on their website claiming the defender informed BVB that he wanted to join Bayern.
However, speaking after Dortmund’s 5-1 win over Wolfsburg on Saturday, Hummels called the story “nonsense”.
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The 27-year-old was jeered by home supporters at Signal Iduna Park during the warm up. Watch a clip of that below.
Now, we’re not sure who to believe. It seems odd that Dortmund would claim Hummels has asked to leave in an official statement if that isn’t true.
The defender was quoted by DW Sports as saying: “I have not offered myself anywhere. That is the greatest piece of nonsense I’ve ever heard.”
It was widely presumed that Hummels would follow Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski in swapping Dortmund for Bayern but that might not be the case.
Those fans who booed Hummels at the Westfalenstadion might be feeling a little embarrassed now, but they weren’t to know that the club captain hasn’t in fact handed in a transfer request.
A statement on Dortmund’s website read: “The player Mats Hummels informed Borussia Dortmund that he wishes to leave the club in order to join FC Bayern Munich with effect from the 2016/2017 season.
“Against this background the management of Borussia Dortmund has decided that the realization of such a transfer shall depend on the condition that Bayern Munich provides Borussia Dortmund with an extremely valuable offer which reflects the high importance of the player in soccer and other terms for Borussia Dortmund.”
The World Cup winner would be a big loss for a team with high aspirations but one thing in Dortmund’s favour is the absence of a release clause in Hummels’ contract, which expires next year.