Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp hails Mats Hummels as ‘extraordinary’

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has heaped praise on Mats Hummels, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United this summer.

Germany have progressed to the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup, and one of their key players has been Mats Hummels.

The Borussia Dortmund centre-back had arguably his best game of the tournament against France in the quarter-finals on Friday, as he scored the only goal of the contest at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

  GoalsClean SheetOutfielder BlockAccurate PassDuel WonInterception WonInterceptions In BoxTouchesAppsMins
Mats Hummels 1 1 3 34 3 2 2 56 1 90

Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp was understandably delighted with the performance of the 25-year-old star against Les Bleus.

‘Mats Hummels' performance was extraordinary, not only against France, [but in] the whole World Cup’, the 47-year-old told Sportal. ‘He is one of the best German players along with Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller, in terms of [keeping team] shape and [in his] performance’.

Hummel’s development in his professional career owes much to Klopp, who signed him from Bayern Munich on a permanent deal in 2009.

The German failed to make his mark at the Allianz Arena due to too much competition, but during his time at Dortmund, he has established himself as one of the best centre-backs in the world.

Which is why Manchester United are reported to be keen on the player whose contract at Dortmund runs out in June 2017, and have reportedly lined up a bid of £20 million for him.

In recent years, Dortmund have seen some of their best players leave, including Nuri Sahin (to Real Madrid in 2011), Shinji Kagawa (to Manchester United in 2012) and Robert Lewandowski (to Bayern Munich in 2014).

However, this time Klopp is determined to keep hold of one of his key players. Whether he can do so or not remains to be seen.

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