A tale too familiar: Dortmund set to lose Hummels to Bayern after defender asks for move

Borussia Dortmund centre back Mats Hummels has told his club that he wants to join Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich after the season ends.

Reuters April 29, 2016 15:09:14 IST
A tale too familiar: Dortmund set to lose Hummels to Bayern after defender asks for move

Dortmund, Germany: Borussia Dortmund centre back Mats Hummels has told his club that he wants to join Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich after the season ends.

Earlier this week, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge disclosed that his club were already in talks with the Dortmund skipper over a move.

Dortmund confirmed in a statement that the 27-year-old Germany international, who is under contract till June 2017, had submitted an official transfer request.

"Defender Mats Hummels Borussia Dortmund has communicated his desire to leave the club in the summer and wants to join league rivals Bayern Munich next season," Dortmund said on their website (www.bvb.de).

A tale too familiar Dortmund set to lose Hummels to Bayern after defender asks for move

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels. AFP

"So far, Bayern Munich has not made an offer. As a precaution, it is pointed out that... no exit clause has been agreed and the player is logically tied to Borussia Dortmund until June 30, 2017."

Dortmund through have made it clear that only an appropriate transfer fee will for Hummels will help Bayern Munich land the defender. "Borussia Dortmund’s business directors have decided that the feasibility of such a transfer will depend on Bayern Munich paying Borussia Dortmund an appropriate fee for a player of his incredibly high standard. At time of going to press, Bayern Munich had made no offer," a statement on Dortmund's website read.

Hummels has made 244 appearances for Dortmund during his eight years at the club so far. Hummels won the German Bundesliga twice with Dortmund and was a Champions League runner-up in 2013, when Dortmund lost to Bayern in the final at Wembley. Hummels netted twenty times for Dortmund so far.

A switch to Bayern would represent something of a homecoming for Hummels, who came through the ranks at the Bavarian club before moving to Dortmund in October 2008.

Dortmund are currently second in the Bundesliga table, trailing Bayern by seven points.

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