Mats Hummels defends Borussia Dortmund’s plan to charter private jet for Germany players

Mats Hummels. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Mats Hummels. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images) /

Mats Hummels has praised Borussia Dortmund’s plan to charter a private jet for the Germany players who are currently on international duty in the United States.

The Germany national team is currently in the United States to play friendly matches against the USMNT and Mexico. The game against Mexico will end less than 70 hours before Borussia Dortmund take on Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga at home.

And so the Black and Yellows have chartered a private jet to ensure that Mats Hummels, Julian Brandt, Niklas Süle, and Niclas Füllkrug can begin their journey back to Dortmund immediately after the conclusion of the Mexico game.

The rest of the squad will head home a little later and will land in Germany on Thursday. This measure will reportedly cost the club around 100,000 euros.

Hummels was asked about the club’s plan during a media round on Thursday. The 34 year old, who is back in the Germany squad after a two-year absence, said that it is a highly professional measure that will help them get over the jet lag much quicker.

"“I think it’s a highly professional measure,” Hummels said. “It’s good because having only one night otherwise before the Friday night game to get the jet lag out would probably have been too little. The second night will help a lot. I think it will help us be a tad fitter on the pitch on Friday night, or at least be in the squad.”"

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Borussia Dortmund – and a number of other clubs – had earlier criticised the national team’s decision to travel to the United States in the middle of the season. Gio Reyna, who will be in action for the United States on the same day, will not be traveling with the Germany players on the private jet and will instead return to Dortmund at a later time.