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Mats Hummels is the latest Dortmund star to sign for bitter rivals Bayern

The defender has signed a five-year deal with the Bavarian club.

Image: Martin Meissner/AP/Press Association Images

MATS HUMMELS HAS been officially confirmed as a Bayern Munich player for next season.

The centre-back has signed a five-year deal with the Bundesliga giants and is the latest high-profile player to swap Dortmund for Bavaria.

Mario Götze made the move in 2013 before Robert Lewandowski did likewise twelve months later.

Today’s news follows confirmation from Bayern a fortnight ago that they were in negotiations with Hummels about a summer move.

The defender was out of contract in 2017 but the agreed price between the clubs is undisclosed.

Hummels cut his teeth with Bayern, having grown up in the city, and was a part of their underage setup from the age of six.

His father, Hermann, was a key figure in the club’s youth academy (he’d eventually leave to take control of his son’s affairs) and Hummels was handed his first professional Bayern contract at eighteen but left on a loan deal to Dortmund two years later.

In 2009, he made a permanent move and became a crucial element in Jurgen Klopp’s side.

By 2011, they were crowned league champions and they followed that up with a domestic double the following year.

Germany Soccer Bundesliga Source: Gero Breloer/AP/Press Association Images

In 2013, Dortmund were beaten in the Champions League final by Bayern.

Since the negotiations with Bayern were made public, Hummels has been roundly booed by Dortmund supporters.

Ironically, his last appearance for the club will be the German Cup final on 21 May, when Dortmund will take on…Bayern.

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