Questions began to upsurge about the possible future of Borussia Dortmund star players such as Mats Hummels and Marco Reus after their manager, Jurgen Klopp decided that this season will be his last with the club.
So, it is no surprise that Mats Hummels was rumoured to be out of Dortmund and off to Old Trafford with Manchester United having shown a huge interest in the defender during last summer transfer window as well.
The defender was one of the main transfer targets for the Red Devils manager, Louis van Gaal, who was in a desperate need of a world-class defender last season. One does not need a rocket scientist to explain Van Gaal's interest in the Dutch defender.
But it is not only LVG, who was interested in the defender as former managers Alex Ferguson and David Moyes were also keen on signing the defender when they were at the helm of the club.
Now, the club has received a major blow with Hummels deciding to stay put with the German club, despite his club putting up a below par performance this season as they are presently in the seventh position of the domestic league. The defender was as expected to be on the wish-list of the Red Devils.
The English club were given a shot in the arm after the German international was thinking about his future at Dortmund earlier.
But the latest reports claim that the player has decided to snub United and stay with the club at least till 2017.
Dortmund will keep the player in the club and try to come out strong next season.
"It was legitimate that Mats was thinking of his future, but I told him we're planning with him," Sporting Director Michael Zorc told Kicker magazine.
Now, the Manchester United hierarchy will have to go for other options. It will not be surprising if La Liga defenders such as Nicolas Otamendi and Aymeric Laporte find their way to Old Trafford next season.