Hummels In Fresh United Link
The Daily Star makes the claim today and while the report is simply a rumour at present, Dortmund’s current plight means it is likely the Germany international will exit the club at the end of the season. United were keen on Hummels during the summer, but he left his fate in the club’s hands and Dortmund refused to countenance a departure.
Dortmund drew 2-2 at home to second-placed Wolfsburg on Wednesday night, a result that keeps them in the bottom three of the Bundesliga. Hummels was awarded the captain’s armband at the start of the season, but the side have struggled to maintain the form of recent seasons that has seen them win two titles, finish runners-up on two occasions and also reach the final of the Champions League.
Hummels is believed to want football at the highest level. That means Dortmund would have to qualify for next season’s Champions League for him to stay. But this latest set-back means they are now 12 points behind the top four having won just one of their last seven games.
Hummels’ body language also suggests he is unhappy. Observers at last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin noted he was the only one of Dortmund’s players not to walk over and salute the travelling fans at the end of the match.
A summer exit is now likely and United will be at the front of the queue.
Falcao Wants United Stay
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao says he wants to remain at Old Trafford beyond the end of his loan spell next summer.
The Colombia international hasn’t started a match for the Red Devils in over two months – not since he scored his only goal for the club in the victory over West Ham United on 5 October. A calf injury ruled him out of action for six weeks and United’s recent run of good form has seen him starting matches on the subs’ bench. But he still says he wants his loan move made permanent at the end of the season.
“From my point of view, yes, but obviously I have to analyse the situation, see if I play more and see what decision the board takes,” he said. “But from my point of view, I really want to stay.
“Every footballer wants to play. No-one is happy when they are not playing, when they are on the bench, but whenever I am given the opportunity, whether it be for five, 10, 20 or 90 minutes, I have to give my best.”
Manager Louis van Gaal has Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie at his disposal and that has meant no position in the starting line-up for Falcao, who cost a loan fee of £6million. United would have to pay his parent club, French side Monaco, a further £43million to make the deal permanent.
“We have a group of strikers, who are very good and that’s good for everyone,” Falcao added.
“That means there is always a level of competition between us, healthy competition, and obviously I am very happy with how the team is doing.
“We talk a lot, the coach and I. He has a philosophy that I respect. I have had an injury, and I have had to wait for the opportunity to play.
“I feel ready for the moment that the team needs me. Whenever I have the opportunity to come on, I try to do my best for the coach and I try to help the team.”
Juan Mata was expected to be the player to eventually make way for Falcao with Wayne Rooney dropping back to play in Mata’s preferred position behind the front two. But the Spaniard’s recent good form has led to manager Louis van Gaal keeping faith with him – and that leaves no place for Falcao.