Mats Hummels decided to reject a summer move to Manchester United after they took too long to open talks with Borussia Dortmund, reports The Mirror.
The Bundesliga star was ready to calls quits on his Dortmund career in favour of a switch to Old Trafford, but has performed a dramatic U-turn.
Borussia Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc confirmed that the captain had agreed to remain at the club next season despite the absence of European football.
It is now reported that the reason for Hummels' decision was nothing to do with Dortmund's persuasion but Manchester United's inability to firm up their interest.
The 26-year-old thought he was going to be a long-term answer to Manchester United's lack of authority at the back, but continued silence from Old Trafford left him unsure over their commitment.
Surely such an error in judgement must rest with executive vice chairman Ed Woodward. The successor to David Gill, who is now in charge of sealing transfer deals on behalf of Van Gaal, appears to have missed a golden opportunity to sign one of the world's most impressive centre-backs.
Louis van Gaal was ready to pay upwards of £35m to bring Hummels to the club but is now searching for alternatives.
Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi, 27, is now believed to be the No.1 target for the summer transfer window.
Hummels is a hero at the Westfalenstadion and is ready to commit to the club as they enter a new era without Jurgen Klopp.
Marco Reus has also recently committed his future to Dortmund despite huge interest from Europe's biggest clubs and there is now hope that another United target, Ilkay Gundogan, will follow suit.
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