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Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels to join rivals Bayern Munich

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

In a deal announced yesterday, German association football defender Mats Hummels, the current captain of Borussia Dortmund (BVB), agreed to sign a five-year contract with his boyhood club — and arch rivals of Dortmund — Bayern Munich next season. The arrangement was conditional on Hummels undergoing medical tests before signing.

File photo of Mats Hummels.
Image: Michael Kranewitter.
Cquote1.svg Mats is one of the best centre-backs in the world. With him we will increase the quality in our team even further. Cquote2.svg

—Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, FC Bayern München AG Chairman

Hummels previously spent twelve years with the Bavarians, Bayern Munich, coming from their youth system. He moved to Dortmund in 2007 after appearing that year in one Bundesliga match for Bayern.

With BVB, center back Hummels won two Bundesliga titles, one DFB-Pokal Cup in 2012 when they won the domestic double under Jürgen Klopp; and a silver medal in the 2013 UEFA Champions League. He also won the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

"Mats is one of the best centre-backs in the world", said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chairman of FC Bayern München AG. "With him we will increase the quality in our team even further." Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said Hummels had "always been open and fair towards" them.

Hummels is to join Bayern side on July 1 — one year before his pre-existing contract expires with BVB. Dortmund's website quoted Hummels saying "the decision was not easy for me after eight and a half successful years with BVB. I have always been proud and am still proud to wear the BVB jersey and to be part of this extraordinary team."

Dortmund is to face Bayern Munich in DFB-Pokal Cup this month. After joining Bayern, Hummels would share the dressing room with his former Dortmund teammates Robert Lewandowski and Mario Götze.


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