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United target Hummels going nowhere

ESPN staff
August 12, 2014
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Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has insisted Manchester United target Mats Hummels will be staying at the club.

Hummels, a key figure in Joachim Low's side that won the World Cup in Brazil, has been at Dortmund since 2008 and is under contract until 2017, but has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League this summer.

Both Manchester United and Arsenal have shown interest in Hummels but Klopp, speaking after his side's 4-0 friendly defeat at Liverpool on Sunday, said: "He is staying with us."

Klopp said Hummels had been named club captain for the new season, with sought-after Marco Reus and goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller standing in as deputies.

"When I broke the news to the team, I told them that it's not because they are frequently linked with other clubs but despite those links," Klopp said ahead of Dortmund's Supercup clash with Bayern Munich.

"One thing has nothing to do with the other but should this somehow lead to it [the players staying beyond 2015], that wouldn't be so bad.

"That they keep getting linked to other clubs, and moreover with laughable transfer fees attached to their names, had nothing to do with it."

He said Reus had "made a huge step forward and become a leader" and added: "He has proven several times that he wants to take on more responsibility in the team."

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