Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has drawn praise from France legend Zinedine Zidane following his performances for both club and country but the Germany international insists that he is not seeking a move just yet.
Hummels, along with fellow Dortmund and Germany teammate Mario Gotze, has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League but the 23-year old has explained that the comfort he feels at BVB is unparalleled.
“It’s a special feeling at Dortmund. We have the freedom to do whatever we want. I can be creative and that’s how I love to play. It’s a status I have worked long and hard for and I did not want to give it up,” Hummels was recently quoted by the Telegraph.
Hummels has been impressive in leading from the back as the Germans have outscored their opponents by nine goals to four in all four of their Euro 2012 wins thus far.
Zidane, who famously propelled France to the 2006 FIFA World Cup final after coming out of retirement, has no hesitation in considering Hummels a special talent.
“To me he is the only player to make a difference,” Zidane said, despite the emergence of many other impressive German youngsters such as Gotze, Marco Reus, Andre Schurrle, and Marcel Schmelzer.
After defeating Greece 4-2 in the Euro 2012 quarterfinals last night, Hummels and Germany now await the winner of Sunday’s Italy-England match in the semifinals next week.
Zidane’s compatriots, on the other hand, battle defending champions Spain in this evening’s highly anticipated quarterfinal.