Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans Joachim-Watzke has responded to widespread rumours that Mats Hummels will leave the German club this summer and labelled them as ‘absolute nonsense’.
The 24-year-old was originally linked with a move to Manchester United after his father admitted he always ‘had top European clubs such as Manchester United in his focus‘ back in March 2013.
Hummels was once again linked with a move to United this week by the likes of the Daily Mail, Daily Star and Bleacher Report but Watzke firmly denied that Hummels will leave Dortmund this year as strongly has he could.
“That is absolute nonsense [that Hummels will be sold],” Watzke told German TV station ZDF.
“This is a complete non-story. There’s no truth whatsoever in these rumours.”
Hummels has become one of the best central defenders in Europe since moving to Dortmund from rivals Bayern Munich in 2009 but his club have no intention of selling him.
However there have been a host of stars that have left Dortmund in the last few years in Shinji Kagawa, Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski. Although two would have been because of contract situations, Hummels may want to follow them out of Dortmund if he feels the club are getting weaker rather than stronger.
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