Summary

  • Boateng says Hummels is "a very good defender."
  • Bayern defender targets further success under Carlo Ancelotti.
  • BVB CEO Watzke hoping Hummels receives "positive reception" from fans.

Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels will be a welcome addition to FC Bayern München's star-studded ranks, according to Jerome Boateng.

The current BVB captain will join the 25-time Bundesliga champions in the summer, after the two clubs agreed terms on a five-year deal earlier this week.

"It's a good buy for Bayern," FC Bayern centre-back Boateng told Sky Sports HD. "Mats is a very good defender and he'll definitely help us even more as a team. He's played really well for Dortmund - in games against us, too. We'll face each other again in the DFB Cup and after that he'll move to FC Bayern."

Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels have played together countless times for Germany.

'We're a really positive team'

Speaking of the competition fellow Germany international Hummels will bring to the table at Bayern, Boateng said: "I'm not worried. I have to perform, so it doesn't matter to me who I play with or who the competition is. I have to do my job."

The two defensive rocks are likely to be Bayern's first-choice pairing at the heart of the back four in any case, after providing the foundation for Germany's 2014 FIFA World Cup win in Brazil. Fitness pending, they are also expected to line up alongside one another at this summer's UEFA European Championships in France. After that, the record German champions' bolstered ranks will reconvene under the auspices of a new head coach in Carlo Ancelotti.

"He's an experienced coach," Boateng said in a television interview with German broadcaster Sport1. "He knows how to manage players. We're a really positive team with good character and obviously Bayern are a great fit for him. We're obviously looking towards the Bundesliga again - it's a hard slog with 34 matchdays and we want to go for it again - but we also want to reach the Champions League final again."

Hummels will step out at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK for one last time as a Dortmund player this weekend.

With three-time Champions League-winning coach Ancelotti and the cool head of Hummels on board, Bayern will be well-equipped for another tilt at domestic and European honours. For now, though, their immediate priority is to give current boss Pep Guardiola a worthy send-off.

"We want to end the season on a high," Boateng explained ahead of Guardiola's final Bundesliga outing in the Bayern dug-out against relegated Hannover 96 on Saturday afternoon. "His time here is almost up and we want to sign off by winning the DFB Cup."

'No reason for bitterness'

Dortmund have the same end-of-season agenda, with their DFB Cup final warm-up against 1. FC Köln also representing the penultimate leg of Hummels' farewell tour. Emotions will doubtless be running high at the sold-out SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, but club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has called on the fans to show their outgoing skipper the respect and gratitude he deserves after over eight years of unwavering commitment to the BVB cause.

"Although we are losing our captain, there were eight-and-a-half positive years on both sides," Watzke told local newspaper Ruhr Nachrichten. "I'm hoping for a positive reception - it's what I want. There is no reason for bitterness, we respect his decision, even if it is very unfortunate. We'll discuss with Mats [whether to have a farewell]. Normally this is the done thing, but the season does not end on Saturday. We still have the DFB Cup final."