Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels has revealed he won't join any side if he doesn't like the way they play.
Manchester United linked centre-back Mats Hummels has revealed that he won’t leave Borussia Dortmund for another club based on reputation alone.
The highly rated German defender has suggested that his future relates to style of play, revealing his belief that BVB are ideally suited to his characteristics as a central defender.
“If a club with a bigger reputation than Dortmund were to make a move, but I don't like the way they play football, I wouldn't even consider a move,” Hummels told Kicker.
“At Dortmund, the style of play is exactly like I want to play football.”
So if Louis van Gaal is interested in going after the German this winter or next summer, the message is clear; start playing football like Borussia Dortmund.
BVB are one of the most entertaining German sides to watch because of the way Jurgen Klopp encourages freedom within his key players in both attack and defence.
The good news for United is that their attack has been entertaining since Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao joined towards the end of the summer transfer window. That’s created a free flowing and fluent attack, which is good to watch.
They have also reverted to a defensive system which is more suited to the way Hummels has learnt the game, as opposed to the three at the back formation that van Gaal started the season with.
That three at the back formation would have stretched Hummels and potentially exposed his lack of pace against opponents on the counter attack whereas a flat back four is something he’s more comfortable with.
United have a very difficult task of convincing him that they are the right club for his future because they can offer him very little different to what he already experiences at BVB.
He’s the skipper at the German club, he’s a senior player and he’s guaranteed of his place in the side when fit. He’s also got a contract until 2018, which is another major obstacle.