Hummels Plays Down Man United Reports, Arsenal Want Cech?
LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Targeted defender Mats Hummels has dismissed media reports which claimed that he has made a promise to manager Louis Van Gaal to join Manchester United.
It is being widely reported that Hummels has desires to leave Borussia Dortmund, with the German defender even being quoted as saying he would like to play abroad at some point during his career, but would only make a move to play for Manchester United.
“If I was to transfer abroad at some stage, then it would only be to Manchester United,” Hummels told Kicker on Monday.
Van Gaal is a keen admirer of the World Cup winner and has hopes of signing him in the next transfer window.
However, the center-back revealed that reports about him making a promise to move to Old Tafford are simply made up.
“Just to be clear. This alleged “promise” is simply an invention… and that is saying it nicely,” he said on his official Twitter account on Wednesday.
“To clarify it. This supposed “promise” is simply fictitious … and that’s the friendly formulation,” he said on his official Twitter account on Wednesday.
Hummels, who is a strong target of several top European clubs, including English Premier League clubs Manchester United and Arsenal, has a contract with Borussia Dortmund until 2017.
However, the former back-to-back Bundesliga champions, who were fighting relegations in the first half of the season, are struggling this campaign and could miss playing in Europe next season.
Meanwhile, The Times are reporting that Chelsea are interested in signing Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, who is still in a contract battle with the Gunners. Walcott, who recently returned from injury is concerned about his playing time and position in the squad and will wait to discuss those with the manager before making a decision.
Also in Arsenal transfer world, Spanish midfield playmaker Santi Cazorla is again distancing himself from a transfer move to Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, according to El Mundo, while the Daily Mail reports that Arsene Wenger is hoping to sign Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, who recently said that he will not play second fiddle to Thibaut Courtois at Stamford Bridge next season.