Bayern Munich have completed the signing of Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels on a five-year-deal. The club announced the World Cup winner will sign a five-year contract until 2021 upon the completion of his medical.
"We are delighted that Mats Hummels has decided in favor of FC Bayern," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. "Mats is one of the best center-backs in the world. With him we will increase the quality in our team even further."
Dortmund announced in April that Hummels would leave the club and pursue a move to Bayern. According to kicker, Hummels' transfer to Bayern will come with a €35 million transfer fee, although the clubs have not disclosed the fee officially.
The 27-year-old defender came up through the Bayern academy system before leaving for Dortmund on loan in the January transfer window in 2008. Dortmund brought him in full-time at the end of the 2008/09 season, and Hummels would enjoy eight-and-a-half years of success with Dortmund. Upon Sebastian Kehl's retirement, the club made Hummels the captain of the squad.
However, with Hummels' contact expiring at the end of the 2016/17 season, Dortmund were unable to negotiate a contract extension despite the fact they were reportedly trying to make him the club's highest-paid player. He leaves Dortmund having won two Bundesliga titles and a German Cup, as well as having reached the Champions League final in 2013.
"Mats Hummels has decided after long, intense reflections to return to his native Munich, eight-and-a-half years after his move to BVB," said Dortmund chairman Hans Joachim Watzke. "I want to stress that he has always acted openly and fairly toward us. Mats won two Bundesliga titles and the 2012 double. He reached the 2013 Champions League final with us and won the 2014 World Cup as a Dortmund player. We respect Mats' decision and our wish for him and for BVB is that he gets the recognition he deserves in his last weeks as a 'black and yellow' and leaves Dortmund with the DFB Pokal in his hands."
Hummels' last game in a Dortmund kit will be the German Cup final in Berlin next weekend, where his side will be taking on Bayern. Having made 48 appearances already this season with Dortmund, Hummels will likely be at the heart of coach Thomas Tuchel's defense, and he will hope to bring the DFB-Pokal back to Dortmund.
"I was always proud, and I still am, to wear the BVB jersey and be part of this extraordinary team," Hummels said as part of Dortmund's statement. " Before I return to my hometown in the summer, we all have one big common goal: To again bring the DFB Pokal to Dortmund and celebrate a football party with the BVB fans. I will give it my all for that, just like my teammates. I would like to dearly thank my teammates, the employees and the fans for this long and wonderful time in black and yellow."