Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has admitted that thoughts of moving on from the Bundesliga club have crossed his mind in the past, while revealing that it is not a clear indication that he wants to leave in the summer. The German centre-back has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in the recent transfer windows with Manchester United being touted as a possible destination.
According to the London Evening Standard, the 20-time English champions are not the only team interested in the defender. Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are also keen on bringing him to the English top-flight and could make moves in the summer. Hummels has previously stated his commitment to his current employers, but his desire to win trophies, mainly the Champions League, could lead him elsewhere at the end of the current season.
Dortmund are in the second place in the Bundesliga, but are seven points behind leaders Bayern Munich, and owing to their dismal campaign in the league last year, they are battling for the Europa League. The German international has just over a year left on his current deal and is yet to agree a new deal, which could give interested clubs added impetus ahead of the next season.
Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Antonio Conte will be looking to strengthen their defence ahead of the next season and Mats Hummels will represent a successful capture, but Chelsea and Liverpool could miss out as they are out of the running for a place in the elite European competition next season, while City are still battling United for a place in the top four. Their final positions at the end of the Premier League season are likely to have a bearing on his decision.
"Age gives you a feeling that you don't have for ever to win. I realise in every year I don't win a title, I'm closer to retiring."
"I've spoken to Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan over their thoughts. The Champions League is a target for me in any case. I want to win this title," the German defender added.