Professionals | 05/07/2015

Transfer from Borussia Dortmund; decisions made against Santana

Milos Jojic strengthens 1. FC Köln

1. FC Köln has signed Midfielder Milos Jojic from Borussia Dortmund for an undisclosed fee. The 23 year-old Serbian has signed a contract until June 30th, 2019, and will wear the number 8. The transfer for Felipe Santana did not go through.

Milos Jojic began his career at Partizan Belgrade, where he quickly established himself as a regular and even featured in the Europa League at the tender age of 20. In January 2014 he made the switch to Borussia Dortmund, where he featured in 20 Bundesliga matches and 5 times in the Champions League. Most recently he featured for the Serbian U21 team at the European Championships, playing as a starter in all three of the group matches.

“Milos Jojic is a talented player, who has featured on the international from a young age,” said Jörg Schmadtke. “He can play a variety of positions on the field, and is good on dead-ball situations. He is also already familiar with the Bundesliga and has shown his quality here.”

Manager Peter Stöger states: “I am happy Milos Jojic has decided to join us. In our meeting he made it clear that he would do whatever it takes to fit into our team. Milos will no doubt become a vital part of our play and bring a new dimension to our offensive gameplan.”

Milos Jojic will join the team for training this coming Monday at Geissbockheim.

The transfer of Felipe Santana from Schalke 04 to 1. FC Köln did not go through. The Brazilian defender underwent a medical check on Wednesday, where he was diagnosed with a torn right calf muscle. 

"We analyed the given circumstances and voted against the transfer of Felipe Santana," said FC General Manager Jörg Schmadtke. "At this moment we currently have only a single central defender active in training. Dominique Heintz will only join training in the middle of July, while Mergim Mavraj will remain sidelined for some while. This is why we believed a transfer for a player would only be sensible if the player was active and ready to train right away. Santana would miss at least the next three weeks and would then have to be brought back into training. We will continue to look at further options."

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