After establishing himself at Borussia Dortmund under Jurgen Klopp, Mats Hummels enjoyed three well-decorated seasons at Bayern Munich before deciding to return to Dortmund during this summer’s transfer window. He collected three Bundesliga titles and one DFB-Pokal title during his time at Bayern, but also went through periods last season where Niko Kovac opted to play Niklas Süle and Jerome Boateng, causing him to spend a lot of time on the bench.
In a recent interview with SportBild, Hummels looked back on his time with Bayern. He said he was happy for everything he’s achieved there, but also a bit disappointed to fall out of favor under Kovac and to have been knocked out of the Champions League every season he was there:
We won the [Bundesliga] championship three times, were knocked out of the Champions League three times by th eventual winner. Except against Liverpool, where it was deserved, it always came down to details. Under Niko Kovac, I had a hard phase in the Hinrunde, but I was able to fight my way back out of it. I look back at Munich without negative thoughts. And I definitely do not feel that the transfer to Dortmund was a step backward. And if someone claims that, it does not change my life in any way.
At Dortmund, Hummels said he’s especially impressed with teammate Jadon Sancho. The English midfielder has taken the Bundesliga by storm and has been one of the league’s most exciting young talents for the past season and a half. He’s the type of player, Hummels feels, who already could play for any top team in the world:
I could imagine him on practically every team in the world. Although he has not yet completely matured, Jadon is already an outstanding footballer. His one-on-ones, his pace. He loves to assist goals. He’s an absolute weapon that has the potential to get even better.
Additionally, Hummels said that he would potentially welcome a return to the German National Team if he were called on. Joachim Löw controversially decided to drop him, Jerome Boateng, and Thomas Müller from the squad last winter, a decision that met heavy criticism from fans and pundits alike. Despite whatever mixed feelings Hummels may have toward Löw, the center-back said that a call from Löw is a call that he would always answer:
That is a nice confirmation of my performances. But it does not give me more than that. I try to think about it as little as possible. If it happens, it happens. I was always proud to suit up for Germany. That has not changed. So far in my life, I have always picked up when Jogi Löw has called. I would presumably do it the next time, too.