Professionals | 10/05/2020

Heldt: “An incredibly strong signal”

Noah Katterbach extends until 2024

1. FC Köln have extended Noah Katterbach’s contract. The Germany under-19 international, who has established himself in the first-team this season, has extended until 2024.

1. FC Köln continue to look towards their own academy. That’s how Noah Katterbach made the leap from the youth set-up to the first-team and has established himself there throughout the current Bundesliga campaign. FC have now extended his contract until 2024.

“Given the break in play due to Corona, it’s almost been forgotten about how good Noah has been this season. He’s a super guy – and he’s one of our own. We always said that players like Noah are our future and that we want to bring even more of our talents through, who have come through the academy. Noah is an example to all for this way of doing things. It is an incredibly strong signal that he wanted to stay here. Noah has a huge connection to the club and the city. We felt that in our discussion from the start. Therefore, we’re over the moon that we were able to extend his deal,” said FC managing director, Horst Heldt.

“Noah is already very far on for his age, not just as a person but how he plays football. He is very good technically, he has a good eye for his team-mates and is a calm presence under pressure on the pitch. Along with that comes a great potential to develop further, as he’s just beginning his footballing journey. Therefore, we are all very, very happy that he’s staying,” said FC head coach, Markus Gisdol.

 “Since I was seven, I’ve played for FC. Even before I came here, I was a fan. Therefore, I have a huge connection to the club and to the city. FC is my club. I had really good talks with the directors and the coach and feel their trust. Therefore, it was an easy decision to make,” said Noah Katterbach.

Noah Katterbach was born on 13th April 2001 in Simmerath. Since 2008, the left-back has been a part of 1. FC Köln and played through all the youth teams at Geißbockheim. He made his Bundesliga debut against FC Schalke 04 in October last year and has since gone on to make 12 appearances. The Gold Fritz-Walter-Medal winner has been a German youth international since U16s and is current part of the under-19 setup.

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