Mats Hummels insists Borussia Dortmund will not fall apart despite fears further stars will exit the club.
Dortmund lost Mario Goetze to Bayern Munich at the end of last season and Robert Lewandowski has now confirmed he will follow in the summer, while Ilkay Gundogan -- whose contract expires in 2015 -- has yet to decide whether he will prolong his stay at the Westfalenstadion.
“Every year, one player has left us,” he said. “I knew as early as 2012 that Robert Lewandowski would leave us. Those in charge have always found stellar replacements and they will do so again this year.”
Dortmund have found themselves unable to compete with Bayern in recent times, and currently sit 12 points behind Pep Guardiola’s men in the table, but Hummels feels that is understandable given the two clubs’ spending power.
He said: “When you compare us to Bayern, you also have to look at the financial possibilities of both clubs.
“Bayern have done an outstanding job, but they have a few hundred million euros in pocket change to assemble such a squad. It was sensible for us to avoid running up debts but still buy strong players regardless.”
Hummels’ own contract is due to expire in 2017 but, despite regular links with Barcelona in the past, he is not considering an exit.
“I don’t have any thoughts about this [leaving],” he said. “Even if my contract had a shorter duration, I would not think about it.”
Meanwhile, Sport Bild reports that several European top clubs had hoped to sign Lewandowski before he committed to Bayern.
According to the weekly, the Poland international turned down offers from Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan, Roma, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit St. Petersburg and Dortmund.