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BVB transfer from Anthony Modeste: Steffen Baumgart with angry speech

Zfor the second time he was close to legendary status, for the second time Anthony Modeste leaves 1. FC Köln accompanied by loud discord. And a return to FC after his move to Borussia Dortmund, which was initially limited to one year, is at least not certain – although it was generally regarded as contractually secured.

Because so far, the media had always reported unchallenged that the 34-year-old Frenchman had a five-year contract as a youth coach for the time after his actual contract end in mid-2023. “I’ve also heard a lot about the affiliation contract,” said Christian Keller, FC’s managing director since April. “It looks a bit different afterwards when you’ve read what’s in there.”

The affiliation agreement may only apply if you remain there until then. Basically, Modeste is “an identity figure for 1. FC Köln, and if he wants to come back to FC at some point, then we’ll definitely think about it.”

But that will be difficult to convey, because the story of Anthony Modeste and FC is an emotional one. In 2017 he scored 25 goals for Cologne in the Europa League and then moved to China, which many resented. After his return and especially after his sporting rebirth last season, he nevertheless became a fan favorite again.

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