Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has revealed that he is having sleepless nights as he continues to agonise over his future.
The club captain faces a difficult decision with his current contract expiring at the end of next season, and in turn the Bundesliga giants have given him an option to extend.
However, top European clubs such as Arsenal, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are reportedly keen on signing him, and if he were to leave his current employers, it would have to be this summer in order to avoid seeing them lose him for nothing next year.
Hummels has revealed that he has set a date for his decision, but wouldn’t elaborate on when it is and whether or not it would be good news for Dortmund.
“I’ve set a date [for my decision]. But I’m keeping it to myself,” Hummels told Sky Deutschland, as noted by ESPN FC. “It’s costing me half an hour before bed every night.”
Meanwhile, his father, Hermann, has revealed that joining rivals Bayern is an option despite the fact that the 27-year-old moving to Dortmund’s foes would be an unpopular choice with his current supporters.
Given that the likes of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski have made the same move in recent years, it is not a new problem that Dortmund will face. Nevertheless, it would be disappointing to see a player that has been integral to their success in recent years cross the divide and join their main rivals.
“Mats is facing a tremendously important decision in his career, in his life,” he told Bild, as reported by Sky Sports. “Dortmund is back among the top clubs in Europe, so the decision is so hard for him.
“If he should leave Dortmund, then he goes to one of the five or six top clubs. And to these clubs one is of course FC Bayern.”
Hummels began his career in Bavaria and so will be no stranger to the current Bundesliga champions, but since moving to Dortmund in 2008, he has gone on to enjoy great success both at club and international level.
Having helped guide his side into the DFB-Pokal Cup final where they will face Bayern at the Olympiastadion on May 21, it may well be an awkward farewell for the commanding centre-half who could very well swap allegiances later this summer.