To his 30. Birthday on the 16. December, referred to Mats Hummels himself as an “old bag”. That was of course meant ironically, but at FC Bayern, Hummels seems to now belong to the old iron. The world champion of 2014, alongside Franck Ribery and Javi Martinez as the big loser of the training camp in Qatar. Although Hummels showed there, as usual, great use, but as a coach, Niko Kovac distributed the bibs for his current starting lineup, he went out empty.

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Even if Hummels rounds in the back rehearsal Telekom Cup with two Games on Sunday in Düsseldorf (from 12.45 PM Sat.1) the use of time, A place in the starting XI at the back is likely to get: round-kick-off on 18. January in Hoffenheim is for him far away. “I know what Mats can do and what he has done. You can rely on him,” said Kovac last, otherwise, Hummels “the team spirit subordinate should.”

The relationship between a Coach and a professional is considered to be loaded, since the former Frankfurt Kovac Munich Hummels before the Cup final of 2018, as the vulnerability had been identified and long balls in his direction. Promptly ran Ante Rebic for the Bayern Star before the 2:1. The world Cup debacle, a few weeks later, has also harmed Hummels“ perception in the Public.

As the Bavarians were sliding then in the fall in the crisis, had he and defensive partner Jerome Boateng as the “Middle players” ridicule. Boateng lost his place in the national team, Hummels to those as a regular player of FC Bayern. The consequence: In the traditional Winter survey of the kicker under 214 Bundesliga professionals, colleagues, Hummels (15.4 percent) and Boateng (13,6) saw as the “Relegated to the first half of the season”.

While Boateng the year, expressed as self-critical as combative (“I am not yet the end”), retired Hummels in a Huff. His “personal first half of the season the balance-sheet” of 15 Games, with two defeats (“may 9 Time Zero”) “every man for himself to interpret,” he wrote a few days ago on Twitter. Hummels seems to be his last advocate in Munich. “He will play in the second round backed up with us,” said Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge recently. As of the summer of the record master is apparently mandatory with the former Dortmund, despite a contract until 2021 (like Boateng). The current transfer activities of the FC Bayern.

With Benjamin Pavard (22/VfB Stuttgart) has been committed to for the summer already, a possible new Partner for the set Niklas Süle, the French world champion, Mr Lucas Hernandez (22/Atletico Madrid) is expected to follow. Also on the Dutchman Matthijs de Ligt (19/Ajax Amsterdam), there is more interest. Hummels is silent. While in Doha the leadership of players like captain Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller or Joshua Kimmich as the leader of the young court held, he made himself scarce – such as Boateng, by the way. The Duo will as soon as possible to restore services to speak – if it would be allowed.