Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp will be following the World Cup just like any other top flight manager and after watching Greece play last night, he may be more determined than ever to hang onto German star Mats Hummels.
Back up Dortmund defender Sokartis Papastathopoulos started in the middle of the Greek defence, which was well beaten by South American side Colombia, who ran out 3-0 winners.
Hummels has been widely tipped as the central defender Louis van Gaal is likely to target at Manchester United to come in and replace the experience of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.
Klopp has always had a brilliant ability to develop his squad and soften the blow of major departures but such was the inefficiency of Sokartis’ performance last night, the BVB boss may find it a very difficult decision to accept a big money bid from Hummels.
Sokratis, like the rest of the Greek side, struggled with the pace, organisation and general flair within Colombia’s team, which is unlikely to have impressed his club boss.
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The more likely scenario is that Klopp will be willing to listen to offers for the Greek centre-back, find a replacement and hang onto Hummels rather than making Sokratis one of his main defenders next season.
Had the 26-year-old put in a bullet proof defensive display against the Colombians then Klopp could have further believed that he is the man to cope with Hummels’ departure if United made an offer, which was too good to refuse.
Sokratis made 28 Bundesliga appearances and eight Champions League appearances last season for Dortmund so he can hardly be considered a back up or fringe player at the German club.
He’s someone that Klopp has invested a great deal of time in and the fact his contract doesn’t expire until 2018 suggests that BVB see him as a long term investment rather than someone to patch up a defence before someone better arrives.
Hummels is the sort of player who could definitely help Sokratis to improve dramatically over the next one or two seasons, as BVB are not in a position to sell their key defensive asset just yet.