• Hummels' final game for Dortmund ended in DFB Cup final defeat to Bayern.
  • Germany international will join Bayern in the summer.
  • "Just because I'm leaving, doesn't mean I'm now anti BVB."

Mats Hummels pulled on the Borussia Dortmund shirt for one last time in Saturday's DFB Cup final defeat to future employers FC Bayern München, but the Germany international says Die Schwarz-Gelben will always hold a special place in his heart.

Question: Mats Hummels, you had to come off in your last Dortmund game due to injury. Did you signal to the coach that you couldn't go on or did Thomas Tuchel see that you were injured?

Mats Hummels: The coach saw I couldn't go on. I already had a bit of cramp before the change and really didn't know where the problem was coming from. Then it shifted to my calf. I tried to run it off, but I couldn't. You could see that I was done.

Question: What did you make of your own performance in your last competitive game for BVB?

Hummels: That's irrelevant. It doesn't matter if I had a good game, a bad one or an average one. I only feel disappointed. We played 120 minutes, but didn't manage to win.

A calf injury forced Mats Hummels off 13 minutes from normal time at the Olympiastadion. © gettyimages / Alexander Hassenstein

Question: In the end, BVB unfortunately lost on penalties. Your coach Thomas Tuchel said he's also responsible for the defeat in the shootout. He said he should have changed the order of the penalty takers. What do you make of the penalty business?

Hummels: Ah, I don't know. There's very little you can influence in a shootout. It was definitely difficult to find players capable of taking the penalties. All the players were pretty knackered. The lads did what they could to put off or avoid cramp during normal time. Everyone could see that the players have played a long, hard season and that it was a really intense game. I'm not one to blame people for missing a penalty. Anyone who has the courage to step up and take one deserves respect. It's gutting when possibly our best penalty takers then miss from the spot. Without them we probably wouldn't even have made it to extra time.

Question: How does it feel after the game to know that you will never pull on the yellow-and-black shirt again? How much sadness do you feel?

Hummels: It's only just dawned on me that it was my last game in a yellow-and-black shirt and in front of our brilliant fans. It was the last time the yellow-and-black fans, most of them anyway, cheered for me. It'll be different in the future and that'll feel strange. Now I have to get used to something different. It was a wonderful time that has now come to an end, but it was my decision and I hope it was a good one. I'll be delighted for every player here and also for BVB if they're successful in the future. Just because I'm going, doesn't mean I'm now anti BVB.

Alexander Barklage reporting from Berlin