Both BVB stars have been linked with high profile transfers away from the club with Manchester United thought to be keen on Hummels while Liverpool have been most recently linked with Reus.
The pair are key to Jurgen Klopp’s intentions of wrestling the Bundesliga title away from Bayern Munich and Watzke has indicated they aren’t going anywhere.
“Calm for all Dortmund fans. BVB boss Hans-Joachim Watzke revealed in ‘Welt on Sunday’ that fit again Marco Reus and world champion Mats Hummels are not for sale,” reads a report in Bild.
It’s extremely important for BVB’s chances of success this season that Klopp doesn’t have to watch any more of his players sold off to his domestic and European rivals.
Manchester United have alternative options to Hummels with talk of a second bid for Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen thought to be just around the corner. Spanish newspaper Sport has claimed today however that United are in fact making progress with a deal.
In terms of Liverpool’s chances of signing Reus, they may have struggled to get BVB to even entertain the idea.
The stature and the size of the club wouldn’t have been the problem, it would have been engaging and starting negotiations and then keeping the price within a reasonable bracket.
Liverpool aren’t afraid to big fees as the £25 million for Adam Lallana demonstrates but Reus is arguably Dortmund’s best player and any deal could have got close to the £40 million mark, which would have made talks long and extremely difficult.
BVB are doing nothing more than shutting up shop and trying to protect their key assets ahead of an important season, in the same way any side would do in their position.