Mats Hummels has been one of the most consistent aspects of a Borussia Dortmund side that’s enjoyed a meteoric rise in world football, entering the hearts of football “hipsters” on a global scale. Read on to find a scouting guide and more information on just where the German international is tipped to be moving this summer.
Contract Situation: Hummels penned a five-year contract extension in the summer of 2012, set to expire June 2017.
Career Stops: Bayern Munich Youth (1995-2006), Bayern Munich II (2006-07), Bayern Munich (2007-09), Borussia Dortmund (2008-09 loan deal), Borussia Dortmund (2009-present).
Current Campaign: Bundesliga—28 appearances, one goal, three assists, eight clean sheets; Champions League—10 appearances, one goal, one assist, two clean sheets.
Although a central defender by nature, the frequency with which Hummels likes to come forward with the ball, providing a platform for those around him, makes him a valuable asset in attack, too.
Alongside Neven Subotic at Signal Iduna Park, the German international can often play the sweeper role and act as a sweeper should the occasion call for it, earning some comparison to German great Franz Beckenbauer.
After surrendering the Bundesliga title to Bayern Munich in an almost helpless fashion, one particularly bright side to Hummel’s 2012-13 season has come in the shape of a Champions League final.
Although the Black and Yellows head into the Bayern Munich clash as underdogs, the 24-year-old’s reputation has only grown as a result of this year’s tournament.
As a result, the German has been quite frequently linked with a move to Barcelona. These rumours kicked into overdrive mid-April, when the defender was quoted by Bild (h/t Sky Sports) as saying that he “would reject 99.9% of all clubs” but that Barca were “one of two or three clubs” that would interest him.
Since then, BBC Sport have reported Hummels as claiming that Saturday’s final will most certainly not be his last game as a Dortmund player but that will only quash rumours for so long.