Robert Lewandowski has spoken out about the imminent arrival of Mats Hummels at Bayern Munich, hailing the Borussia Dortmund captain as one of the best defenders in the world.
The recently-crowned Bundesliga champions announced the arrival of the Germany international on Tuesday, bringing an end to weeks of speculation regarding his future.
Borussia Dortmund had confirmed that Hummels had requested a transfer to their arch-rivals and it did not take long for him to put pen to paper on a long-term contract at the Allianz Arena.
He will take the same path trodden by Lewandowski and Mario Gotze, both of whom have swapped the black and yellow for the red and blue in recent summers. While the latter looks set to leave Bayern this summer, the former can look forward to reuniting with Hummels next season.
And it seems he has already thought about what Hummels will bring to the Bavarian outfit, who will also welcome a new manager in the form of Carlo Ancelotti.
Best in the world
"One of the best centre-backs in the world is coming to Bayern -- that's obvious," the Poland striker told ESPN FC. "We don't even have to talk about his defensive qualities.
"Mats and Jerome know each other well from the German national team and complement each other. They both have something that most defenders, even at this level, don't have -- the ability to do lots of good stuff with the ball.
"When you have two players at the back who are comfortable to come forward with the ball, who can pass it forward or hit long diagonal balls directly to the strikers, you have more options in possession.
"Mats coming won't just help the defence, he'll help everybody, especially in Europe."
Hummels was, of course, originally in the Bayern Munich youth system and made one senior appearance before leaving for Dortmund in 2008.
Having realised his massive potential under Jurgen Klopp and reaching an age where he is looking to win major trophies, it seemed natural for him to complete a full circle and return to his hometown.
The 27-year-old released a statement soon after the announcement, explaining why he made the decision to leave the Westfalenstadion.
“I came to the decision to take on a new challenge for me, moreover, in my hometown, with my family and many friends that live there,” the German World Cup winner says in a statement published by DW Sports.
“I realise that it is difficult for some to understand my decision. But after eight-and-a-half really great years in Dortmund it was time for me to try something new again.”