Borussia Dortmund center half Matt Hummels has been tied down with a 5 year contract at the club amidst growing speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United’s Old Trafford.
The 23 year old German defender was strongly linked with a move to Manchester United this summer. Sir Alex Ferguson had identified Hummels as a long term successor to Rio Ferdinand who has been troubled by hamstring problems over the last couple of seasons, but just prior to leaving for the Euros, the highly rated defender has committed his future at the Westfalenstadion.
“As soon as the club approached me and asked if I would like to extend, I knew immediately that I want to continue being part of this team, which is so successful and is so much fun to be in,” he said.
Hummels has established himself as one of Europe’s finest over the last two seasons, helping Dortmund clinch consecutive Bundesliga titles. He has been a key figure at the heart of their defense and is once again expected to shoulder the defensive responsibilities of Germany during the Euros.
With most young and promising players heading towards England, Hummels’ decision comes as a surprise. This acquisition, however, could help Dortmund go a long way in establishing themselves as a powerhouse of Europe in the years to come, as they’re looking to win as many trophies in Europe as they did in the Bundesliga.