Germany defender Mats Hummels has played down the likelihood of a summer move to Manchester United, but admitted the prospect of playing at Old Trafford could appeal "some day".

Hummels, who scored a first-half header during the 4-0 Group G victory against Portugal in Salvador on Monday, has emerged as Louis van Gaal’s priority defensive target following the Holland coach’s appointment as United manager.

United are also pursuing Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen as part of their rebuilding programme this summer, but the club continues to harbour hopes that Borussia Dortmund can be persuaded to sell 25-year-old centre-half Hummels.

But with his focus currently on helping Germany to win their first World Cup since 1990 in Brazil, Hummels insists thoughts of a move to United are not a priority.

“I never think about that or talk about it because it is something that isn’t important for me right now,” Hummels said. “Maybe it will be some day, but I don’t expect it to be like that this summer.”

Having emerged as a cornerstone of the German team during Euro 2012, Hummels has forged a formidable partnership with Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker at the heart of Joachim Low’s back four.

While the likes of Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos and Philipp Lahm claim the headlines for Germany, Hummels claims that the defensive element of the team will be crucial to the nation’s hopes of winning a fourth World Cup.

“If we are concentrated and focused, both defensively and offensively, then we are a good team and that is the way we play,” Hummels said.

“If we can do that in every game, we are going to have a good chance to be very successful.