Mats Hummels signs Borussia Dortmund contract extension

Mats Hummels. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
Mats Hummels. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images) /

Borussia Dortmund have extended the contract of Mats Hummels, with the defender putting pen to paper on a new one year deal.

Mats Hummels will stay at Borussia Dortmund for at least another season after signing a one year contract extension with the club. The veteran centre-back spent a long time weighing up his options, but has finally decided to stay on with the Black and Yellows.

Hummels – who first joined Borussia Dortmund in 2009 before leaving for Bayern Munich in 2016 and returning three years later – has established himself as a real leader in the team over the years. Only Michael Zorc (572) has made more appearances for BVB than Hummels (467).

Mats Hummels has played a key role in Borussia Dortmund’s title charge this season and has shown that he is still more than capable of playing at the very highest level. The 34 year old was one of the team’s top performers in the first half of the season, and has filled in reliably whenever called upon since the turn of the year as well.

Hummels has already won the Bundesliga title five times in his career, and is determined to lift the Meisterschale once again this weekend.

"“Everyone knows how much I enjoy playing at Signal Iduna Park with our fantastic fans,” Hummels said. “It was not an easy decision for me to make. There was a long deliberation process. Now, at the end of the season, I can say: I’m still really fired up for another year.”“Right now, the focus is back on Saturday’s game against Mainz. We still have 90 intense minutes ahead of us. After that, we hope to be able to celebrate something big together.”"

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl said that having Hummels’ experience and leadership in the dressing room for another season will be very helpful to their young team. “We are very pleased that Mats, with his experience and leadership, will still be available to our overall young team in the coming season,” Kehl said.

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Mats Hummels’ decision to stay is a big boost for Borussia Dortmund. And he will now be hoping to celebrate his contract extension by leading the club to the Bundesliga title on Saturday.