Borussia Dortmund have released an official statement confirming that Mats Hummels has requested to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
It was also revealed that no offer has yet been made by Bayern for Hummels, and that the Dortmund captain has no release clause.
Dortmund’s official statement said: “The player Mats Hummels informed Borussia Dortmund that he wishes to leave the club in order to join FC Bayern Munich with effect from the 2016/2017 season.
“Against this background the management of Borussia Dortmund has decided that the realization of such a transfer shall depend on the condition that Bayern Munich provides Borussia Dortmund with an extremely valuable offer which reflects the high importance of the player in soccer and other terms for Borussia Dortmund. At present no offer at all has been made by Bayern Munich yet.
“By a way of precaution Borussia Dortmund likes to emphasise that one has not agreed an “exit clause” with the player – also not with any other player of Borussia Dortmund at present – and the player is therefore bound by his employment contract with Borussia Dortmund until June 30, 2017 at latest.”
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has all but officially confirmed this transfer, by responding: “I can basically confirm what [Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim] Watzke said, that Mats is considering Bayern.
“There are three sides to this affair, though, and I would ask for understanding that I do not want to go into further detail about this here and now. We have got to bear in mind that he has a contract and I would not like to damage the very good relationship that we have built up with Dortmund over the past two years by making one imprudent remark.”
Hummels looks set to return to Bayern Munich – a club he joined at the age of six – this summer. The 2014 world-cup winner has previously featured for their reserve side between 2005 and 2008, whilst also making two first-team appearances for the Bavarian club.
The German center-back will be the third Dortmund player to join Bayern in the last 3 years, following the footsteps of Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski, who switched sides in 2013 and 2014 respectively.