Following reports linking him with a move to Manchester United this month, Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels has told Sky Deutschland that his immediate future lies at the Westfalenstadion.
Hummels, 26, has continued to be mooted as one of United's main targets since the summer, and recent rumours have claimed that manager Louis van Gaal is preparing a £35 million bid to lure him to Old Trafford before the transfer window closes.
Having struggled through injuries and poor form over the first half of the season, it had been suggested that the German centre-back might be open to a fresh challenge in the Premier League, but he insists that he’s more than content with life at Dortmund at present.
“I’m not really known as someone who travels,” he said. “I’ve only been with two clubs in 26 years, so loyalty is important to me.
“The only thing I’m concerned with right now is to play better than in the first half of the season. I was not satisfied with myself at all, as you can imagine.”
Hummels admitted that he’s received approaches from various clubs in the past but, while he stopped short of ruling out a move at some stage in the future, the World Cup-winner believes he would gain nothing from putting a departure date on his Dortmund career.
“I have had offers from different clubs, ever since I’ve been with Dortmund, but I have always decided not to leave,” he said.
“I think I’ve made some good decisions and I want to make those in future as well. I’ve never said I want to stay until 2024 or 2030, or whenever, but I have stayed until today.
“I will stick to not saying anything and maybe leave someday, instead of saying I’ll stay forever and leave all of a sudden.”
Looking set to remain at Dortmund for at least another six months therefore, Hummels’ immediate task will be to help his club climb up the Bundesliga table, having finished the first half of the season in the relegation zone, much to the shock of fans and the media alike.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are 17th at present, one point off bottom with just 15 points from 17 games, although their superior Champions League form has seen them progress to the last-16 as Group D winners over Arsenal.