Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels has indicated he turned down a Manchester United offer because he wanted to play Champions League football.
The Germany international confirmed in May he would be leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season to play for domestic rivals Bayern Munich.
He came close to a move to England, but opted to stay in Germany and signed a €37 million five-year deal at the Allianz Arena.
Speaking about a potential transfer, he insists he considered a move but did not receive the right offer.
“Fundamentally, England, Spain and Germany were the relevant leagues I could see myself playing football in,” he said.
“But at this stage there just was not that one English club where the overall package was fitting.
“He then went onto hint that United were unable to provide that “overall package” due to not being in the Champions League next season.
“The overall package means: a club which fascinates me; a club I have always wanted to join, and where the sporting constellation is right, and which of course plays Champions League football next season.
“And because of the latter one club was ruled out, and you can envision which club that was.”
While he did not specifically name United, he did not correct the interviewer when he suggested he could have been playing at Old Trafford.
The club enquired about signing Hummels from Dortmund in 2014 when they couldn’t offer any European football, but they decided not to rekindle their interest in the 2014-15 campaign even though Dortmund failed to qualify for the Champions League and United had.
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