Mats Hummels to leave Borussia Dortmund

June 14, 2024

Mats Hummels will leave Borussia Dortmund as a free agent, the Bundesliga club said in a statement on Friday.

Mats Hummels to leave Borussia Dortmund

The 35-year-old made 508 appearances for Dortmund across two periods, and was a key player of their title-winning teams in 2010 and 2011.

He moved for Bayern Munich’s academy in 2016, and after three trophy-laden seasons at the Allianz Arena, he returned to Dortmund in 2019. In his second stay with the club, he won both the German Cup and the German Super Cup.

“It was a huge honour and pleasure for me to have played for BVB for so long and to have been part of the journey from 13th place in January 2008 to what Borussia Dortmund is today,” Hummels stated in a statement.

“This club with its fans is something very special — and for me much more than that.”

The defender played an important role in Dortmund’s march to the Champions League final this season, scoring the winning goal against Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of the semifinal. However, he did not make Germany’s Euros squad.

“With Mats, we are undoubtedly losing an outstanding personality, possibly the last of its kind in football,” Dortmund’s sports director Sebastian Kehl remarked.

“During his career Mats did not only leave his mark on the club but also on the global game of central defenders, lifting it to a new level.”

Mats Hummels is Dortmund’s second high-profile departure this week, following manager Edin Terzić’s resignation on Thursday.