Hummels commits future to Dortmund

Germany defender Mats Hummels has committed his future to Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund by signing a new five-year contract.

The 23-year-old, who will depart for UEFA EURO 2012 on Monday with the national team, follows the examples of Felipe Santana, Patrick Owomoyela and Mitchell Langerak in agreeing a new deal with the Westphalians.

"As soon as the club approached me and asked if I would like to extend, I knew immediately that I want to continue being part of this team, which is so successful and is so much fun to be in," he said.

Hummels has made a total of 121 Bundesliga appearances and scored 12 goals, becoming a Germany international in May 2010 after impressing alongside Neven Subotic in the league's youngest central-defensive partnership.

Mats Hummels could have moved to practically any club in Europe, but he has chosen Borussia Dortmund.
Jurgen Klopp, Borussia Dortmund coach

His progress has not gone unnoticed, which is why tying him down to a new deal is a major achievement for the league champions and DFB-Pokal holders.

"Mats Hummels could have moved to practically any club in Europe, but he has chosen Borussia Dortmund and that is a great story," Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp said on the club's website. "Mats is a highly-intelligent player in terms of winning tackles and closing people down and I don't know anybody across the whole continent who does it as well as he."

After the ink dried on the paperwork, Dortmund general manager Hans-Joachim Watzke added: "Mats is a true leader and for him to commit his future to Dortmund for such a long period of time is a clear show of faith in our philosophy."

Hummels joined Dortmund from Bayern Munich in 2008, initially on an 18-month loan deal which was soon made permanent.