Mats Hummels denies alleged Manchester United 'promise'

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An alleged Manchester United target has been speaking about recent speculation regarding his future.

Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels has quashed suggestions he had made a promise to former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson that if he ever left his current club he would move to Old Trafford.

As reported by various media outlets including the Mirror, Hummels is alleged to have been a long-term target of Ferguson who made the vow to the Scot that he would pick United if he ever moved abroad.

It is a story likely to have excited the vast majority of United supporters given Hummels’ outstanding ability and the club’s need for quality defensive reinforcements following the departures of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic last summer.

United have still not sufficiently strengthened in that area despite the arrival – and subsequent impressive form – of Marcos Rojo.

But taking to Twitter the German international moved to end the claims, writing, “To clarify it: This supposed ‘promise’ is simply fictitious…and that’s the friendly formulation.”

Hummels’ current deal at Dortmund runs until the summer of 2017 and given his age, talent and experience he will not come cheap if United do ultimately convince the Bundesliga club to do business.

But having quickly put a stop to the latest rumours, has the 26-year-old also ended the speculation linking him with a move to United altogether?

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