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FC extended with Kessler

Cologne - 1. FC Köln has extended the contract with goalkeeper Thomas Kessler, which expires at the end of the season, for another two years. The 26-year-old, who was born in Cologne, is now under contract with FC until the summer of 2015 with an option for a further year.

FC squad planner Jörg Jakobs: "We are very happy about the contract extension with Thomas Kessler. Thomas is a very important part of our team. He has already gained a lot of experience in professional football and is always loyal to the team, even in the role of the second goalkeeper. We know that we can always rely on him. He proved that not least with a very good performance in the DFB Cup game in Stuttgart. "

Thomas Kessler: "I'm happy to be able to continue working on the development of 1. FC Köln. After good discussions with the sports management, we quickly came to an agreement. FC has been a very special club for me since I was a child and that's why I am glad to be able to carry the billy goat on my chest for at least two more years. "

Thomas Kessler has played for 1. FC Köln since 2000. Since the age of 14 he played in the youth teams of FC and has been a licensed player since the second half of the 2006/2007 season. In the 2010 | 2011 and 2011/2012 seasons, Kessler was loaned out to FC St. Pauli and Eintracht Frankfurt to gain match practice there. He made his professional debut on May 13, 2007 in the 2nd Bundesliga. On May 12, 2009, Kessler was first used in the Bundesliga. So far, he has played a total of twelve competitive games for 1. FC Köln (5 times Bundesliga, six times 2nd Bundesliga, one DFB Cup). He also played 26 times for FC St. Pauli in the Bundesliga and four times in the 2nd Bundesliga for Eintracht Frankfurt.