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Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund had expressed interest in Jonas Hector

24 April 2018

Hector's previous deal included a get-out clause in the event of relegation, but he opted to commit his long-term future to the club, despite reported interest from Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

Cologne's defender and Germany global Hector has different approach to the situation as he extended his running contract despite a very likely relegation with eight points to safety and nine points to spare.

"The decision for me is clear: I belong to [Cologne] and I want to go into the new season with this team and with these fans".

The 27-year-old left-back agreed to tag another two years onto his FC Koln contract to take him to 2023, despite the club writhing at the bottom of the country's top tier.

Hector would not be setting a precedent if he plays for Cologne in the second division. "I am very connected and thankful to this club and feel very comfortable living in Cologne", Hector said.

'It would have been easy to change to another club after this season, but for me that did not feel right.

Hector joined Cologne from lower league side Auersmacher in 2010 to become the skipper of defense.

He made his senior worldwide debut against Gibraltar in November 2014 and was part of the squad that reached the semifinals at Euro 2016 and the one that won last year's Confederations Cup.

The defender made overall 172 appearances for Cologne and provided six goals and 11 assists.

"Jonas is an extraordinary player and a special individual which is rarely to find in today's professional football". Cologne sporting director Armin Veh says it's "a great signal". "That he has chosen to continue on this path with us despite being a German worldwide player is a telling testament to that".

Anything other than a win at Freiburg on Saturday will send them down after three years back in the Bundesliga.

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund had expressed interest in Jonas Hector