After a sensational debut season with 1. FC Köln, Steffen Baumgart looks at the coming season with great anticipation. The Effzeh coach has now given insights into personnel planning.
Steffen Baumgart has made no secret of the fact that he absolutely wants to commit the central defender Luca Kilian borrowed from Mainz 05. Kilian, who once came from the BVB youth via Paderborn to the Rheinhessen, is one of the absolute regular players of Cologne under the head coach.
Waiting for the transfer soon seems to have an end, as Baumgart reveals in a valley round with the “Express”: The 50-year-old is strongly based on an early deal, “because I have been pushing for half a year. I want the boy Absolutely and do not believe that after his goal celebration in the game against Mainz, it would be good if he had to go back there. ” The two million euros that exist as a transfer request “are there,” also said Baumgart.
At the same time, Baumgart has already confirmed a new addition: Linton Maina will switch from Hannover 96 to the Rhine. How long the attacker’s working paper is dated is not known. The official confirmation of the clubs is still pending.
“Linton is a developing player and that’s what it is all about,” Baumgart ordered the transfer: “We must not build up pressure right away. Then went through a deep. ” Baumgart is certain that he can “integrate” Maina on the offensive.
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At the same time, the Cologne success coach made it clear: “If someone expects we to buy stars – these are our stars: young, hungry players who do not earn as much as at the end of their career.”
Baumgart with the Cologne squad planner is also faced with another important decision. According to the trainer, top scorer Anthony Modeste may be preserved. “We assume that Tony will stay.”
In view of his contract that is valid until 2023 and his strong yield of 19 Bundesliga hits this season, interest in the French recently grew.