Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels has rubbished talk of a move to Manchester United by insisting reports linking him to Old Trafford are “simply fictitious.”
Hummels has been strongly linked with a move to Louis van Gaal’s side in recent months and Bild suggested earlier this week that he had promised Sir Alex Ferguson he would join Man United back in 2012.
The player himself dismissed the report and instead insisted that the story was made up.
However, he did not speak about comments from Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke which appeared to suggest Hummels was “mulling” over his future in Germany.
Hummels tweeted a message in German which read: “To clarify it: this supposed “promise” is simply fictitious and that’s the friendly formation.”
Fans may take hope from the fact Hummels didn’t actually deny any links to Man United or whether he had already agreed a move.
Of course, Hummels will obviously dismiss the rumour of the promise to Ferguson to appease Dortmund’s fans but many will know that a footballer’s words do not carry much weight in the modern game. After all, Cristiano Ronaldo expressed his desire to stay at United a month before leaving for Real Madrid in 2009.