Mats Hummels recently completed a move to Borussia Dortmund back from Bayern Munich for a reported fee of €38million.
The former German international was a Bayern Munich teenager who joined Borussia Dortmund as a youngster. He played at Dortmund for a few years before moving to Bayern Munich and now after three years at Bavaria, he has now returned to Dortmund. His coach Kovac has said that the player was afraid of competition for a spot in the team.
“Mats did a great job, especially in the second half of the season,” the Bayern head coach said on Tuesday.
“Like [Bayern president] Uli Hoeness said, at the end of the season Mats came to us and asked what the status quo was for the new season.
“Niklas Sule did a great job, he is a starter of the [Germany] national team and with Lucas we bought a player that we want to play centre-back. That doesn’t mean anything.
“Competition means the best player will play. In that case, Mats wanted to avoid that. We accept that and the result is that he plays for BVB now.”
It remains to be seen how the player fares back at his old club.