Hummels feels defenders finally getting deserved recognition
The football world has seen the alarm bells ring for some time now due to grotesque transfer fees being dished out on a constant basis for players.
But a new trend that has emerged over the last transfer window was clubs forking out a premium sum for defensive players.
Bayern Munich and Germany defender Mats Hummels believed that this growing trend of clubs paying out stratospheric fees for defenders was a clear sign of the importance of solid defenders in modern day football.
Right now, it is so important to have not just a good team and a team that defends well together but good defenders as well
Hummels, 28, made a special appearance at an exclusive meet-and-greet session organised by T-Systems Singapore, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom on Monday evening.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup winner signed autographs and obliged for plenty of photographs with corporate guests and children from CARE Singapore at the session held at The Arena, Singapore.
Asked by FourFourTwo during an interview with local media if the rising fees for defenders was a growing recognition of defenders in the game, Hummels was clear in his response.
He said: “Yes, it is, most definitely.”
“Right now, it is so important to have not just a good team and a team that defends well together but good defenders as well.
“Good defenders can make a whole team better.”
This week, Manchester City completed the signing of Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy for a fee believed to be in the region of S$92million, a world record fee for a defender.
This latest signing followed yet another exorbitant purchase by the Citizens in the form of Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker for a fee of S$89 million.
I really like the fact that (now), more teams are willing to pay more money for good defenders
Elsewhere, Leonardo Bonucci secured a S$55 million shock transfer from Juventus to rivals A C Milan.
Mats Hummels himself was signed by Bayern for a fee of S$55 million from Dortmund in 2016.
The lanky centre-back continued: “I really like the fact that (now), more teams are willing to pay more money for good defenders. For me personally, if you work hard and play well, it is always nice to be acknowledged.”
The German promised Bayern would put on a show for the fans and that they expect could better things from his side in the coming season, mainly due to the signings the Bavarian giants have made.
The Die Roten have brought in German national team players Niklas Sule and Sebastian Rudy, French midfielder Corentin Tolisso while their biggest capture was the loan signing of James Rodriguez from Real Madrid.
“First of all, I am very sure James will help us immediately,” revealed Hummels.
“He always looks to create chances and I have seen that from training already where he is always looking to set up people around him.
“Right now, the new players are doing well in training and they will all help us from the moment they arrive and they will play a big role for us in the coming season.”