1. FC Köln have signed Luca Kilian from 1. FSV Mainz 05 on loan. It’s a dream come true for the defender.

Fixed: Luca Kilian is moving from 1. FSV Mainz 05 to 1. FC Köln for a fee of around 2 million euros. The centre-back has signed a contract until 2025, having already spent the last Bundesliga season on loan with the Rhinelanders. It was clear to Kilian that he “would like to stay in Cologne.” There he has “everything I need.”

Common past: The transfer of Kilian is particularly enthusiastic for FC trainer Steffen Baumgart, who was able to train the 22-year-old during his time at SC Paderborn. The Cologne managing director Christian Keller also welcomes the purchase. Kilian is “far from the end of his development”, which is why the club is very happy “that he definitely wants to take his next steps at FC in the future.”

The pro: A few weeks ago, Kilian of all people scored the goal for Cologne to win 3-2 against Mainz. In total, the U21 national player made 31 appearances for FC, while in the previous Mainz season he was partially relegated to the regional league.

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