Van Gaal's Manchester United target - 'I don't waste any thoughts' on leaving

Mats Hummels 2 Germany

Mats Hummels has been linked with a move to Manchester United this week. But he seemignly has no intention of leaving Borussia Dortmund this summer.

It is being reported this week that the expected next Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has already been earmarking his future targets.

LVG is the bookies favourite to get the role, after David Moyes was recently sacked after a woeful season in charge of the club.

Van Gaal, who gets on very well with United striker Robin Van Persie, has set his eyes on the Bundesliga for targets.

The three names mentioned are Marco Reus, Toni Kroos and Mats Hummels - and arguably the latter name is the most important target of all.

Nemanja Vidic is leaving, Rio Ferdinand ageing, Phil Jones unsure of his best position, Chris Smalling inconsistent and Jonny Evans very injury-prone.

The Borussia Dortmund star and Germany international is a long-term target of both United and Barcelona - and it easy to understand why considering his excellent ability and proven pedigree at Signal Iduna Park.

Die Schwarzgelben will not want to lose one of their star players but when the likes of United and Barca come calling the fact is many a player has had their head turned in the past.

But earlier this week Hummels made it quite clear that he had no immediate plans to depart Dortmund.

He stated:

“When I end my career, I don’t need to win eight championships, I’d rather have done something special. And that has certainly been the case here. That’s why I don’t waste any thoughts on this [leaving Dortmund] at the moment. I rather win one championship as a key player than four championships as a part-time player.”

That certainly does not sound like the words of a player angling for a move. So perhaps Van Gaal will need to consider a different central defender - as Hummels looks set to stay put.

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