Professionals | 17/05/2022

FC make use of option to buy

Luca Kilian signs until 2025

1. FC Köln have signed Luca Kilian on a permanent basis. The centre-back has signed a deal until 2025.

1. FC Köln have made use of the option to buy Luca Kilian. The 22-year-old centre-back has joined FC on a permanent basis from 1. FSV Mainz 05 and has signed until 2025. Kilian joined at the start of the 2021-22 season on loan and made 30 Bundesliga appearances and featured once in the DFB-Pokal. In the home game against his former club, he scored his first Bundesliga goal to win the game 3:2.

FC Managing Director, Christian Keller said: “In the past season, Luce developed and worked his way to being a regular starter. However, he is definitely not at the end of his development. Therefore, we are very pleased that he absolutely wanted to take his next steps at FC. With his qualities, we see him as an important part of our team and the football we want to play.”

Luca Kilian said: “After the past season, it was clear to me that I wanted to stay in Köln and I am very pleased that it worked out and I will be able to stay. At FC, I have everything that I need: a super team, a super coach and super fans. A great city, where I feel at home.”

Luca Kilian was born on 1st September 1999 in Witten. The centre-back went through the youth academy at Borussia Dortmund, where he won the German under-19 Championship in 2017. After a season in the Regionalliga West (28 games, four goals, one assist), Kilian signed for then Bundesliga side SC Paderborn in summer 2019. The Germany under-21 international made his debut in the Bundesliga under Steffen Baumgart. He then moved to Mainz a year later.

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