Long-term Manchester United target has delivered bad news to the Reds by insisting he’s not going to be swayed by Champions League football when it comes to his future.
The smart money was on Hummels leaving Dortmund in the either the Summer or perhaps even January as it’s becoming increasingly obvious Jurgen Klopp’s side aren’t going to qualify for the next season’s Champions League.
With United sitting in fourth place, the Reds are on course for making the Champions League which would be seen as a bargaining tool to tempt the German international.
Commenting on stories linking him with a move away from the Westfalenstadion Hummels noted:
“All those rumours are another issue I have never commented about. That’s what I’ve done in the past, and I will continue to do so,” Hummels told Die Welt.
“Fundamentally, I don’t need to play Champions League to be happy,” said Hummels.
“Maybe we indeed lose players should we not qualify for Champions League, but what I can already tell you is that should we not lose 15 players at once, we’ll still have a super team next season.”
Hummels should be available for the right price as in the past Dortmund have always been willing to sell their top stars, but should he dig his heels in and insist on staying, the side that’s toyed with relegation all season, may decide to keep their prized asset.
Many sources have United launching a fresh bid for Hummels in the Summer and there’s little doubt the club have the cash to spend, the big question is ‘will Hummels be convinced to leave the side he’s been at for the past five years.’