Mats Hummels’ future has been the subject of much speculation over the past few months, but the German international would be quite content to spend the rest of his career with Borussia Dortmund.
Linked to the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona during the summer, the World Cup-winning centre-back isn’t ruling out a move abroad in the distant future, but also revealed his profound respect for the handful of big-name players who have chosen to remain loyal to their clubs in the past.
‘There will always be someone who can pay more than BVB but Dortmund have made a lot of progress during my time here,’ he told Bundesliga Magazin International. ‘In any case I believe it’s enough for me.
‘If one day I start thinking about playing abroad, money won’t be the reason. I don’t even think about that at the moment. We still have so much further to go here.
‘There are some [who stay at one club for their whole careers], and they are all really great players. Paolo Maldini of Milan, for example, or Steven Gerrard. I would have been so happy for him if he had won the championship with Liverpool.
‘[Lionel] Messi always plays for Barcelona. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller, too, will perhaps play in Munich for ever.’
Having begun his career at Bayern Munich before a loan move to Dortmund in January 2008, Hummels might not be a one-club man but, with 229 appearances for the team since a €4 million permanent switch the following winter, his roots at the Westfalenstadion now run deep.
As one of the top defenders in the game, that won’t stop various major European sides from courting his signature, but the 25-year-old looks to be more than happy with life in the Bundesliga for the moment.