Manchester United will have to look for a new central defender in the near future with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic seemingly coming to the end of their time at Old Trafford.
Despite a host of players being linked with a move to Manchester, Mats Hummels was one being touted significantly last summer.
Barcelona are also in the market for a new central defender to replace Carles Puyol, and have been accredited with an interest in the Borussia Dortmund defender also.
It has come out that Hummels is currently learning Spanish, which has added to rumblings that the Germany international could well be bound for Camp Nou.
However, the Dortmund defender has refuted claims that he is set to sign for Barcelona, and is instead determined to regain his fitness after injury.
"I have been learning Spanish since seventh grade," Hummels told Bild. "But I'm honestly not thinking about [Barcelona].
"My goal is to be back for the game against Eintracht Braunschweig. I want to have gone through a week of full training before my return, in order to find my rhythm."
Dortmund have suffered in the transfer market of late, with both Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski leaving the club, with Jurgen Klopp’s men powerless to stop them joining arch rivals Bayern Munich.
However Hummels is confident that the Signal Iduna Park will bounce back from the news of the Polish striker’s decision to leave at the end of the season.
"Every year at least one player has left. I already knew in 2012 about the fact that Robert would be leaving us,” Hummels continued.
"Plus, our bosses have always found excellent replacements and they will again this year."
Just where Hummels’ own future lies remains to be seen, with the likes of Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan also been monitored by some of Europe’s top clubs.
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