Mats Hummels put an end to speculation over his future this summer after completing a return to Bayern Munich, much to the ire of Borussia Dortmund fans.
The German international had been linked with a move to a number of clubs including Manchester United in England but opted to follow in the footsteps of former team mates Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski and head to the Allianz Arena.
United had seemingly been intent on signing the 27 year old for a number of years, but the move failed to materialise and now Hummels will return to Bayern, the team he learned his trade at as a youth player before joining Dortmund.
United seemingly sounded out Hummels as far back as 2012, when signing Shinji Kagawa but only made their move for the German in 2014 and speaking to Suddeutsche Zeitung, Hummels has revealed why United weren’t an option.
The Manchester Evening News report quote Hummels as saying:
“Fundamentally, England, Spain and Germany were the relevant leagues I could see myself playing football in. 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.”
United were linked with Hummels as recently as this past season, but judging by his criteria for club selection they never had a chance given the lack of Champions League football.
Centre-back is an interesting area for United with the likes of Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones able to operate in the position but it is widely accepted that, despite the number of players that can play there at the club, there is a distinct lack of quality.
A move for Sergio Ramos last summer to rectify the problem fell flat and United were forced to stick with Smalling and auxiliary defender Blind, who despite doing a good job failed to convince they were a long term solution.
United have instead settled for 22 year old Eric Bailly, a £30m signing from Villareal and will hope the Ivorian softens the blow of missing out on Hummels.