Bayern Munich have announced the signing of Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund.
Hummels, 27, started his career at Bayern but has made his name at Bundesliga rivals Dorrtmund over the last eight years.
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With just one-year left on his deal at Dortmund the central defender has signed a five-year contract with Bayern. Dortmund had previously announced Hummels’ intentions to move to Bayern earlier this month and an agreement was reached between the two teams on May 10.
Hummels arrives as the Allianz Arena for an undisclosed fee and some reports state the transfer fee could be as high as $45 million, even though Hummels only had 12 months left on his Dortmund contract.
Speaking about his switch from Dortmund to Bayern, Hummels revealed his delight on Monday as he signed the lengthy deal.
“Leaving Dortmund was of course difficult for me. It felt like 2008 when I made the move in the opposite direction,” Hummels said. “Now I’m just happy about everything that awaits me at Bayern. I am very excited.”
A lifelong Bayern Munich fan, Hummels failed to break through with the Bavarian giants as a youngster and decided to leave for Dortmund in 2008. He became a star under Jurgen Klopp and leaves Dortmund as their captain and defensive talisman. Dortmund came second to Bayern in the Bundesliga this season and lost to them on penalty kicks in the German Cup final last weekend where Hummels was bizarrely substituted and has since claimed he didn’t ask to come off.
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Although still respected by the majority of Dortmund fans, there’s still anguish from some as Hummels becomes the third big-name player in recent years to switch Dortmund for Bayern.
Following in the footsteps of Roberto Lewandowski and Mario Gotze before him, Hummels will considerably strengthen Bayern’s central defense and incoming manager Carlo Ancelotti has certainly been given all the tools to succeed when he arrives this summer.
Hummels will be joined by Portuguese teenage sensation Renato Sanches who also signed from Benfica last month.
The converybelt of talent from Dortmund to Bayern continues, as the picture below proves.