When Mats Hummels made his way to Borussia Dortmund under Jurgen Klopp, he established himself as one of the best players in the world. Exciting on the ball, good for a goal, and among the most technically proficient defenders around; he built a legacy for himself at the Westfalenstadion. However, when he left for Bayern Munich again in 2016, it caused immense pain among BVB fans. Since he has left, too, he’s not so much burnt bridges with the fans as set the bridge on fire with napalm.
Football, though, is an odd game. By the weekend, rumours persisted that Mats Hummels would again become a Borussia Dortmund player. Unhappy with how he was treated in Munich, the German international chose that it was time to make a move elsewhere: and where better to go than the club that made you?
BVB, in the market for a top quality German-speaking defender with title wining experience, seen it as a no-brainer. For some fans, the manner of his exit and the way he has spoken of the club since will be sure to cause some consternation. A player that is likely on the way down, too, Hummels will need to show every inch of his quality – and humility – to make the grade again with the Dortmund fans. He has a lot of making up to do – that much is clear.
Hummels, though, remains one of the best players in modern BVB history. If he can get back to his original form – or close to it – then it won’t take long before the Yellow Wall forgives the big central defender. For now, though? It’s going to be interesting to see how his move is met by the more fervent members of the match-going BVB crowd.