Mat Hummels has rejoined Borussia Dortmund for a fee reported to be $43.6m. The German defender first left the club in 2016 to join his boyhood side Bayern Munich. After three successful seasons with the Bavarians, he has now been allowed to leave the club for the second time of his career.
Hummels started his career at Bayern Munich, first joining the club at the age of six. After working his way through the youth teams, he signed his first professional contract with the club just a few days after his eighteenth birthday in December 2006.
He made one appearance for the club before joining Dortmund on loan in January 2008. His loan was extended at the end of the season before he permanently signed for the club in February 2009 for a fee of €4 million.
He quickly established himself as one of the top players in the team, forming a strong defensive partnership with Neven Subotic. He helped the club win the first Bundesliga title in nine years in 2011 but the German defender’s achievements were even better the following year as the side retained their title and won the DFB-Pokal cup, beating Bayern Munich 5-2 in the final.
While Hummels was establishing himself as one of the top defenders in the world, in the following years some of Dortmund’s stars such as Robert Lewandowski and Mario Götze were signed by Bayern, which led to them regaining their Bundesliga title from 2013 onwards. Hummels played a crucial role as Germany won the World Cup in 2014 and was soon linked with European giants such as Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
He eventually left Dortmund to rejoin Bayern in 2016 and won three Bundesliga titles and one DFB-Pokal in three seasons. But in the last year he has consistently found himself in and out of the side, with manager Niko Kovac constantly rotating the defence. Germany manager Joachim Loew has also dropped him from the national side.
He has now agreed to rejoin his former side, Dortmund. There are mixed reactions from club fans on social media at his return, with many upset at his first departure. But the club, which finished only one point behind Bayern Munich last season, will be hoping that the return of the veteran defender can help them to the Bundesliga title.