Marco Reus believes Mats Hummels’ return provides Borussia Dortmund with a welcome dose of quality to bolster their title prospects for next season.
Six-time Bundesliga champion Hummels is back in Dortmund colours after spending the last three years over at rivals Bayern Munich.
Lucien Favre’s side forked out €31m to re-sign the 30-year-old last month and, naturally, hope his great experience will prove to be an invaluable asset over the course of next season.
Hummels previously made 309 appearances for BVB and helped them win two Bundesliga titles, two DFL-Supercups and a DFB-Pokal. He was also a member of the team that reached the 2013 Champions League final.
Without the German centre-back, though, Dortmund struggled to challenge for major honours. But they did make big progress last term, and only missed out on a first Bundesliga title by just two points to Bayern.
Therefore, Reus is feeling upbeat about the difference Hummels’ return could make to the team.
“He [Hummels] brings quality. That’s most important. We were missing that last year,” said Reus, according to Goal.
“Of course, we had positive developments last season. Nobody expected that. But if we want to win the Bundesliga and advance further in Europe, we need good players.
“We found that in Mats and the other players we got.”
Dortmund have spent €106m this summer in recruiting the likes of Thorgan Hazard, Nico Schulz and Julian Brandt.
However, Bayern have spent €115m on signing French World Cup-winning defenders Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard. They’re attempting to sign Manchester City star Leroy Sane as a replacement for Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
“What happens with Bayern is nothing I can control,” said Reus on BVB’s rivals.
“I think even if they didn’t buy new players they would have a strong team. They won the Bundesliga seven times in a row – that says everything.
“True, they lost some very good players who ended their careers, but we will see how the season goes.
“I hope it will be an exciting season and we cannot forget the other teams. Leipzig, with a new coach [Julian Nagelsmann] and new players, were very strong in the second part of the season.
“So, this could be between two, three, maybe even four teams until the end.”
Reus was voted Germany’s footballer of the year on Sunday. Meanwhile, the 30-year-old’s former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp won the best coach award after leading Liverpool to Champions League glory.
Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus has been voted Footballer of the Year in Germany for 2019 🏅
Jurgen Klopp won the award for Manager of the Year 🏅 pic.twitter.com/z4FL5LP6ZO
— Goal (@goal) July 28, 2019