Saturday 16 December 2017

Mats Hummels rules out move to Manchester United

Mats Hummels is one of four German players in the running for the World Cup's Golden Ball, awarded to the tournament's best player. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images
Mats Hummels is one of four German players in the running for the World Cup's Golden Ball, awarded to the tournament's best player. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Manchester United have been a dealt a blow in their search for a world-class centre half with Dortmund's Mats Hummels insisting he is staying out.

United boss Louis van Gaal is desperate to sure up his leaky defence and German international Hummels was high on the Dutchman's wanted list.

United and Van Gaal are eying a January swoop for the World Cup winner but Hummels wants to stay in Germany and emulate the likes of Steven Gerrard who has shown such loyalty to one club.

"It's nice to hear that big clubs like that are interested in you," he told Bundesliga Magazin International. "I take that as a compliment. But it doesn't influence me in any way, otherwise. We earn enough here in Dortmund.

"There will always be someone who can pay more than BVB. But Dortmund have made a lot of progress during my time here. In any case: I believe that it's enough for me. If one day I start thinking about playing abroad, money won't be the reason. But I don't even think about that at the moment. We still have so much further to go here."

"There are some (who stay at one club for their whole careers), and they are all really great players. Paolo Maldini of Milan, for example, or Steven Gerrard. I would have been so happy for him if he had won the championship with Liverpool. (Lionel) Messi always plays for Barcelona. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller, too, will perhaps play in Munich for ever."

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