Germany defender Mats Hummels believes that the reigning Bundesliga champions are at a loss following the departure of Shinji Kagawa, who will finalize his move to Manchester United in the coming weeks.
Kagawaka, 23, recently agreed the transfer after filling in tremendously for the injured Mario Gotze during a 2011-12 campaign that many had tipped Bayern Munich’s star-studded squad to win.
However, Bayern ended the season without a single trophy as Kagawa also featured in a 5-2 thumping of the Bavarians in the German Cup final to secure a famous double for Dortmund.
Hummels, another star of BVB’s back-to-back league triumphs in the last two years, has acknowledged that the void created by the Japan international’s loss will be difficult to fill.
“We’re very sad he left us. The first day he came to Dortmund we were all shocked by how good he played. He is fast and it makes no difference if he uses his left or right foot,” Hummels was quoted by the Telegraph.
The 23-year old added: “He will be a very good player for Manchester United. I’ve not seen such a good player very often.”
Speaking of United, Hummels – who has been linked with the Red Devils in the past – is in awe of the manner in which their former legends laid a strong platform for the future of England’s national team as well as the top flight.
“We had these problems 10 years ago in Germany and a big debate about not having enough good young players. We focused on it but at that time England had that very famous generation – Scholes, Neville, Beckham,” Hummels explained about the time a few years back when the Germans looked up to the quality of English football.
Hummels and Germany may only need to wait a few more days to face England if the Three Lions succeed in their quarterfinal clash against Italy tomorrow.