Mats Hummels to leave Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer

Mats Hummels
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The contract of Mats Hummels will not be extended by Borussia Dortmund, and the veteran centre-back will leave the club on a free transfer this summer.

Borussia Dortmund have made the decision not to offer Mats Hummels a new contract. This is being reported by Ruhr Nachrichten, who add that the veteran centre-back's recent comments on Edin Terzic's tactics were deemed unacceptable by the club. Hummels will leave BVB on a free transfer when his contract expires in two weeks' time.

Hummels had stated on the eve of the UEFA Champions League final his displeasure at the tactics Borussia Dortmund had employed in certain games this season. The 35 year old's interview with SportBILD obviously did not go down well with the BVB bosses, who have now decided not to extend his expiring contract.

It was reported earlier this week that Hummels would only be willing to stay at Borussia Dortmund if Edin Terzic left the club. And while the BVB head coach has since surprisingly resigned, Hummels will also not be representing the club next season.

Hummels will leave Borussia Dortmund as the club's second highest appearance maker, behind only Michael Zorc. He has been increasingly linked with a move to Italy in recent weeks, with AC Milan, Juventus, and AS Roma said to be interested in his signature on a free transfer.

Mats Hummels is no doubt a Borussia Dortmund legend but this is the second time he will be leaving the club in contentious circumstances. The 2014 World Cup winner joined Bayern Munich in 2016, only to return to Borussia Dortmund three years later.