German international Jonas Hector will make no use of his opt-out clause and instead commits his long-term future to 1. FC Köln. The contract of the 27-year-old was extended for two further years until 2023.
Jonas Hector states: “1. FC Köln allowed me to take the path from the regional league (fourth division) to the German national team. I am very connected and thankful to this club and feel very comfortable living in Cologne. It would have been no problem for me to switch to another club after this season, but it would not have felt right. We had many talks in the past few weeks and I had enough time to think about it. The decision for me is clear: I belong to FC and I want to go into the new season with this team and with these fans.”
FC Managing Director Armin Veh: “Jonas is an exceptional player and an extraordinary person, which is something you no longer see too much of in professional football these days. That he has chosen to continue on this path with us despite being a German international player is a telling testament to that. Jonas’ commitment to FC is a superb signal to the team, the club, and the fans.”
Jonas Hector came to 1. FC Köln in 2010 by way of SV Auersmacher. After two years in the U21 team he made the jump to the professional squad in 2012. Since then, Jonas Hector has appeared in 187 competitive matches in the Bundesliga, Bundesliga 2, DFB-Pokal, and UEFA Europa League. In addition, Hector has made 36 appearances for the German national team.
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