'Barcelona talk untrue' - Hummels

The Germany international has laughed off the reports stating that he is poised to leave Borussia Dortmund and join the Spanish giants, claiming the stories are "not true"
Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has moved to refute the speculation linking him with a big-money move to Barcelona.

The Catalans are reportedly readying a €35 million (£30m) bid in an attempt to prise the 24-year-old away from Signal Iduna Park, much to the frustration of CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke who recently labelled the reports as "absolute nonsense".

And Hummels, whose contract expires in 2017, has echoed those sentiments. Speaking to Sky Deutschland, the defender said: "There is no truth in these stories.

"Of course every now and then there are reports. That is the same with other players, too.

"I read about [Ilkay] Gundogan and Thomas Muller going to Barcelona. He went to the city of Barcelona to have dinner. This just happens, and then you are getting linked to a move.

"Then, there are some people claiming they are in touch with Barcelona. And they tell the media about it.

"We had that experience back in April. Three days later, this was written in a newspaper."

The Germany international, who started and finished the 2-1 victory over Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday, has made seven league appearances for the German giants this season.