The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday that Mats Hummels promised Sir Alex Ferguson that he would join Manchester United, but the Borussia Dortmund captain has quashed the rumours as ‘fictitious’.
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According to reports, Fergie tried to sign the German defender, along with Robert Lewandowski and Shinji Kagawa from Dortmund back in the 2011-12 campaign, but only managed to coax the latter to Old Trafford.
Hummels apparently gave his word to the Manchester United legend that he would make the transfer to the Premier League giants, if he decided he wanted to move abroad in the future.
However, the 2014 World Cup winner isn’t happy with the reports, and has taken to his Twitter account to dismiss the ‘promise’ as nonsense.
Um es klarzustellen: dieses vermeintliche “Versprechen” ist einfach nur frei erfunden…und das ist noch die freundliche Formulierung.
— Mats Hummels (@matshummels) March 31, 2015
The Red Devils are likely to be intensely frustrated by how public their desire to sign the 26-year-old is, but with the club set for a return to Champions League football next season, Louis van Gaal could yet entice him to Old Trafford.