- Hummels wants to leave Dortmund at the end of the season.
- Received mixed reaction from BVB fans in 5-1 rout of Wolfsburg.
- Former Bayern player hopes to resolve future soon.
The 27-year-old received a mixed reaction from fans inside the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK on Matchday 32, but was his usual rock-solid self as Dortmund thrashed VfL Wolfsburg 5-1 to keep the title race ticking over for another week at least.
Question: Mats Hummels, it was a dominant 5-1 win over Wolfsburg. Purely in a sporting sense, were you able to enjoy it?
Mats Hummels: We played superbly from the first minute. We took advantage of the weaknesses that we'd already uncovered in Wolfsburg's game. We completely dominated the game and did not give much away. Wolfsburg hit the woodwork, had a decent effort from range - that was probably it. It was a really strong performance from us.
Question: What did you make of the reaction of the fans?
Hummels: I think I must be the first player in history to be jeered by his own fans, even though no transfer has gone through. The club ought to give ad-hoc disclosure if a transfer is relatively likely. There's a 51 per cent chance. We'll have to see what happens in the coming days.
Question: On the flip-side, there was also some encouraging applause.
Hummels: I thought that was really nice. There was even some from the main stand. I've been here for eight-and-a-half years. I said to the lads as a joke just now: imagine a player that comes through the Dortmund ranks, moves elsewhere and then comes back - he wouldn't be bad-mouthed, although you could just as easily see that happening. Of course it's all very emotional. It's the same for me, but you just have to blank it out when you're on the pitch. I did that and also contributed to the win. We've also had a really good season. So on the whole, it's all right.
Question: Do you think recent statements indicating that you've asked to move to FC Bayern perhaps added to the emotions?
Hummels: Seriously, I haven't approached anyone. That's the biggest piece of nonsense I've ever heard. I have to say I really don't need that.
Question: Back to matters on the pitch: since going out of the Europa League, BVB have been in rampant form. Is that the reaction the team had hoped for?
Hummels: Definitely! We've actually played brilliantly throughout the Rückrunde. The worst thing is that it was only in the two games against Liverpool that we didn't deliver, which may also be down the emotions associated with the game. To this day, that's still really annoying. Still, the reaction we've shown - the two 3-0 wins and now the 5-1 success - has been sensational.