Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels has revealed that the lack of Champions League football at Manchester United was why he turned the club down.
The 27-year-old will rejoin his former club from Dortmund after Euro 2016, and will form an important part of Carlo Ancelotti’s plans to continue their domestic dominance as well as end their wait for another European triumph.
However, United’s interest was no secret during last season and earlier this summer before his move to Bavaria was confirmed, and Hummels has now explained why he turned down the chance to play at Old Trafford.
“Fundamentally, England, Spain and Germany were the relevant leagues I could see myself playing football in,” he told Suddeutsche Zeitung. “But at this stage there just was not that one English club where the overall package was fitting.”
“The overall package means: a club which fascinates me; a club I have always wanted to join, and where the sporting constellation is right, and which of course plays Champions League football next season. And because of the latter one club was ruled out, and you can envision which club that was.”
Hummels went on to confirm that neither Arsenal nor any clubs from Spain made an official offer for his services despite speculation, but he is happy to remain in Germany moving forward as well as looking forward to linking up with national teammates Jerome Boateng and Manuel Neuer at club level.
In turn, United switched their focus elsewhere after missing out on the German international, with Jose Mourinho making former Villarreal defender Eric Bailly his first signing as manager.
The Portuguese tactician is expected to bring in several more new faces ahead of next season, but it remains to be seen whether or not the lack of Champions League football in the coming 12 months counts against them with other top targets.