By Derrick Kiplagat
Long-term Manchester United transfer target Mats Hummels has ended speculation over his future by revealing he will stay with Borussia Dortmund for at least another year.
The German World Cup winning center-half did however label it “an honor” to be repeatedly linked with a move to Old Trafford.
Over the course of the last two summer transfer windows United have been favorites to land the 26-year-old, but following the appointment of new boss Thomas Tuchel the defender will now stay put. He joins fellow team mates Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan in committing his immediate future to the club, though he offered no guarantees over his future in the long term.
Hummels said ahead of a pre-season friendly in Malaysia on Thursday: “There have always been rumors about almost every one of our players, but I decided not to make the move this year. Of course when the big clubs are interested and Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world, it’s an honor. But I decided I wanted to stay here.”
The news comes as no surprise given United’s interest in the player has cooled in recent weeks. Louis van Gaal has been hoping to tie up a deal for either Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia or Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos, with Hummels’ name bringing speculations for several weeks.
Hummels, who has been at Borussia since 2007, told Sky television following a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich: “That doesn’t mean that I am leaving, it just means I’m reflecting. There’s no particular tendency one way or the other. It’s just thoughts going through my mind. It will all become clearer in the coming weeks.”
Hummels’ decision comes despite the fact he hinted earlier this summer that he was looking to move on. He told German magazine Kicker earlier this year that, “I often think about playing abroad,” though in April admitted that he was just thinking about what the future held for him.