Leaving Borussia Dortmund was not a decision Mats Hummels took lightly, but the allure of once again playing for boyhood favourites FC Bayern München was simply impossible to resist.
"Dortmund and Bayern are the only clubs I've played for, but Bayern are one of the best three teams in the world and have the chance to win everything every year," the Germany international defender told the assembled press at his official unveiling as a Bayern player on Saturday. "In the end, that was the decisive factor."
The fact Hummels already knew his way around the Bavarian capital, having come up through the Bayern youth ranks, also played its part. "I've known a lot of people around here for a number of years," the 27-year-old explained. "A lot of my friends live in Munich too. I'll have no problems settling in."