Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels has revealed he was “very close” to joining Man Utd in 2014.
The German, who signed for Bayern in the summer from Borussia Dortmund, was chased by United two years ago when under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal.
When asked if a deal to sign for United in 2014 was close, Hummels told the Daily Mail: “Yes, very close. There were talks, several times in the last few years.
“I had offers from England or one of the thre big Spanish clubs. But nothing got close like from England. Van Gaal wanted me but he wasn’t the only one.
“It is difficult for me to play in England now. I’m 28 next month and I’ve signed here for five years.”
Hummels also said he stayed on at Dortmund because of a loyalty to coach Jurgen Klopp, who’s now in charge at Liverpool.
“We wouldn’t have had that success with another coach in Dortmund, no way. He is very emotional. All the time, on the training pitch. He can’t settle down,” he added.
“How intense? Every day? 100 percent! The important thing is that when he thinks he made [a mistake], he can really apologise to a player — whether that is alone or in front of the whole team. If he says something inappropriate, he realises it afterwards.
“He doesn’t take things personally. We had two big opinions, two big egos. Sometimes you can get into a fight but you know everything the next day will be okay. We could always talk about it.
“He was never like ‘I will never forgive you for this!’ The relationship I had with him was really important.
“I can’t say I am a Liverpool fan. I don’t have a club in England. I just want Klopp to win. If he was coach of another team, I would support them. I cheer for Klopp.”