Football: Borussia Dortmund skipper Hummels says he is not moving to another club

Ilkay Gundogan (left) and Mats Hummel (right) of Borussia Dortmund attend a football press conference in Singapore on July 8, 2015.
Ilkay Gundogan (left) and Mats Hummel (right) of Borussia Dortmund attend a football press conference in Singapore on July 8, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Speculation is rife that Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels will join Manchester United to boost their rearguard.

But the German defender, in Singapore as part of the club's Asia tour, said in a press conference on Wednesday that he will not be switching clubs this summer.

He said: "There have always been rumours about almost every one of our players but I decided not to make a move this year, just like Ilkay (Gundogan).

"Of course when the big clubs, and Manchester United is one of the biggest clubs in the world, (have) interest, it's an honour but... I won't make (a move)."

The last Bundesliga campaign was one to forget for eight-time German champions Borussia Dortmund, who finished seventh to miss out on a spot in the coveted Champions League.

At the halfway mark, they were second-last out of 18 teams with a return of 15 points from 17 games.

But captain Hummels, a World Cup winner with Germany, vowed there will be no repeat of the disastrous start, which saw them languish in the relegation zone for weeks.

He said: "Of course, this is something we don't want to have again. Last year, confidence was a big problem for us, we needed more time to gain it again.

"We're working on it every day, and I think we will be much better than we played (last year)."

While Dortmund finished recovered strongly to qualify for the Europa League, it was a year of what-ifs for a team boasting the talents of Hummels and playmakers Shinji Kagawa and Gundogan.

Hummels was speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, a day before his team take on Malaysia Super League outfit Johor Darul Takzim at the Larkin Stadium.

The match is part of the club's Asian tour this pre-season.

Dortmund had arrived in Singapore from Japan, where they beat J-League club Kawasaki Frontale 6-0 on Tuesday.

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