1. FC Köln has reconciled its fans with the latest appealing appearances in the Bundesliga in good time before Christmas, but FC supporters have looked wistfully at Rhineland rival Bayer Leverkusen over the past few weeks. The reason: Florian Wirtz (17), an exceptional German talent, is playing big there this season. Many fans are still angry that FC failed to retain the gifted offensive player for the long term.
Especially since the Cologne team had to experience first-hand how good their former top talent, who moved to the other side of the Rhine at the beginning of this year, really is: At the derby swatter a week ago, Wirtz had Bayer’s second goal of the season 4: 0 final point set against his training club.
Bayer is now doing its job – and providing the youngster with a new working paper ahead of time.
Bayer Leverkusen extended early with Florian Wirtz
The contract, originally dated until summer 2022, has now been extended to 2023. A longer period is currently not possible because Wirtz is not yet 18 years old. The technician already has ten scorer points (five goals, five assists) after 18 competitive games for Leverkusen this season. The technically strong midfielder is an indispensable part of the Leverkusen squad despite his tender age of 17.
And the youngster raves about his new club! The “quick integration into an absolute top team” is “a fantastic motivation,” says Wirtz. The offensive jewel continues: “How the coaching team and the team welcomed me here and how the club management takes care of me – it’s all really impressive. I play in a great team here and I firmly believe that we can win something together. We’re on the right track, I can see that on every training day. “
Lukas Podolski causes a stir with an Instagram comment
Wirtz himself published a photo of the signing of the contract on his Instagram channel on Wednesday. Numerous comments quickly gathered under the post. Many Bayer fans were of course delighted with the news.
Among the commentators there was also a prominent one, and his comment was less well received. Lukas Podolski (35), ex-FC star and meanwhile on the ball at Antalyaspor in Turkey, also commented. His statement: two little billy billy goat emojis.
The reactions weren’t long in coming: “Still frustrated that he’s no longer with you, what? It’s really pathetic to attack the boy in this way, ”wrote one user. Another says: “I don’t care if you’re from Cologne. You are just a cool dude. But to stupid a 17-year-old, you just aren’t. In addition, Cologne slept by pulling it up and extending it with it. “
Even after the clear derby defeat of FC Podolski had reported via Twitter. Back then, he posted an emoji that slaps his hand over his face and one that signs. A criticism of FC who had failed to convince Wirtz to stay.
Maybe his new Instagram statement wasn’t meant to be serious. But the fact is: some Leverkusen fans apparently see it differently.
Bayer Leverkusen’s sports boss Simon Rolfes praises Florian Wirtz
In the end, they will be happy at Bayer to have made the race for the youngster. Bayer’s sports director Simon Rolfes (38) is also happy about the contract coup: “Flo is already an important factor in our team. I’m really looking forward to the years to come with him, ”said the ex-professional. Sports director Rudi Völler (60) is also impressed by the former Cologne resident: “How self-confident he appeared in the Bundesliga and on the international stage in the Europa League was impressive. If he continues to work like this and pushes his development forward in this way, Florian will certainly have a great career. “
Bayer is thus continuing to set the course for the future. Recently, winger Moussa Diaby and defender Edmond Tapsoba (both 21) both extended their contracts ahead of time.