Mats Hummels makes fun of Borussia Dortmund

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Mats Hummels feels almost at home. The warm welcome of well-known team coach, the usual way on the training ground to the former locker with the number 15 and the many familiar faces in the squad – the entry at Borussia Dortmund is easy for the world champion of 2014. “Looks almost like it used to,” commented the former Munich already on the first day of training his return to the old workplace.

Despite well-known additions such as Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Nico Schulz (1899 Hoffenheim) and Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach), who join the team later, Hummels is the biggest new attraction in the squad. Each of his steps was followed on Friday by the first media-public unit of numerous cameras. “For me, Mats is the best German central defender,” enthused sports director Michael Zorc.

The approximately 38-million-euro commitment of the 30-year-old should give the defense more stability and provide the team spirit that had been missing in the crucial phase of last season. Zorc makes no secret of his high standards: “Of course we expect him to take on a leading role in sports. We brought him back for that. “

The transfer of Hummels, who had twice won the championship with BVB (2011/2012) and had moved to Bayern in the summer of 2016, increases the already tough competition for the regular places in the Dortmund defense. With Manuel Akanji, Abdou Diallo, Dan-Axel-Zagadou, Julian Weigl, Leonardo Balerdi and Ömer Toprak, there are six more professionals available to play in central defense. “Of course we have one or the other player nominally too much there,” Zorc announced, “we will discuss and clarify this in an individual case.”

(tagToTranslate) Mats Hummels (t) Michael Zorc (t) Julian Brandt (t) Nico Schulz (t) Thorgan Hazard (t) Borussia-Dortmund (t) Bayern Munich

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