Borussia Dortmund have confirmed Mats Hummels has rejoined them from Bayern Munich.
The 30-year-old German defender initially enjoyed an eight-year association with BVB before returning to boyhood club Bayern in 2016.
Hummels back to BVB: Five key things to know…
- Hummels came through Bayern’s youth set-up but couldn’t break into their first team.
- He would join BVB in 2008 and become an integral part of their success under Jurgen Klopp.
- Hummels was key to their back-to-back championship winning teams in 2011 and 2012.
- Bayern re-signed him in 2016 and he’d go on to make over 110 appearances in all competitions.
- Hummels is BVB’s fourth signing of the summer after Julian Brandt, Nico Schulz and Thorgan Hazard.
He’s since gone on to make 118 appearances for the Bavarian giants, registering eight goals and nine assists, winning three consecutive Bundesliga crowns and the 2018/19 DFB-Pokal.
The fee, reported to be £33.8m, is a club record transfer fee and sees Hummels – a key part of BVB’s back-to-back championships under Jurgen Klopp – follow in the footsteps of Mario Götze, who also returned to Dortmund following a spell in Munich.
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— Borussia Dortmund (@BlackYellow) June 19, 2019
A graduate of Bayern’s academy, Hummels relocated to North Rhine-Westphalia in 2008 after it became clear the path into their first team was blocked. He’d subsequently make 309 appearances for the Black and Yellows, bagging 25 goals along the way, prior to a then-controversial journey home.
Hummels will become BVB’s fourth signing this summer after Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Nico Schulz (TSG Hoffenheim) and Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach).
He joins Lucien Favre’s team having denied them a championship last season. A closely fought battle saw Bayern overhaul BVB to win a record 29th German title by two points.