Mats Hummels completes Bayern signing

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

On Monday, German football club FC Bayern Munich completed the signing of Mats Hummels, who captained Bayern's rivals Borussia Dortmund this past season. 27-year-old defender Hummels, who was an academy player at Bayern before moving to play for Borussia Dortmund, agreed to a five-year deal.

Cquote1.svg I'm looking forward to everything that awaits me at FC Bayern. I'm very excited. Cquote2.svg

—Mats Hummels

File photo of Mats Hummels.
Image: Michael Kranewitter.

Hummels underwent medical tests on Monday before signing the contract. Bayern's chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said "We're delighted to welcome Mats back to FC Bayern, [...] Not only are we strengthening our squad with a world-class centre-back, but also with a player who accepts responsibility and who is our own youth product. First of all we wish him a successful Euro 2016." ((de))German language: ‍Wir freuen uns, Mats zurück beim FC Bayern begrüßen zu dürfen [...] Mit ihm bereichern wir unsere Mannschaft nicht nur um einen Innenverteidiger von Weltklasse-Format, sondern auch um einen Spieler, der Verantwortung nicht scheut und noch dazu aus unserer Jugend stammt. Jetzt wünschen wir ihm erst einmal eine erfolgreiche Europameisterschaft.

Hummels joined the Bavarians in 1995 when he was six years old. He played only one Bundesliga match for the Reds before he was loaned to Dortmund and later signed for them. He played his last game for Borussia Dortmund on Saturday in the DFB-Pokal Cup final, which Bayern won 4–3 on penalties.

After the signing was completed, he said "Saying goodbye to Dortmund was difficult for me of course. It was similar to 2008, when it was the other way around [...] Now I'm looking forward to everything that awaits me at FC Bayern. I'm very excited." ((de))German language: ‍Der Abschied aus Dortmund ist mir natürlich schwergefallen. 2008 ging es mir ähnlich, als ich den Weg in die andere Richtung gemacht habe [...] jetzt freue ich mich einfach auf alles, was mich beim FC Bayern erwartet. Ich bin sehr gespannt.


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