FC Koln have officially announced the signing of Mainz striker Jhon Cordoba, a player who the club feels still has undeveloped potential, despite his experience.
The Colombia international, who was signed by 1. FSV Mainz 05 at the start of the 2016/17 campaign after an impressive season-long loan spell from La Liga outfit Granada the year before, joins his new club as they prepare for their first European campaign in 25 years.
Speaking to the Bundesliga official website, the 24-year old expressed his delight at sealing the move and also elaborated on his playing style and the player he has consciously modeled it on.
"Cologne is the right step for me following two fantastic years in Mainz," Cordoba said. "The Cologne representatives went out of their way to bring me here, and I wanted to take the opportunity to play for one of Germany's biggest traditional clubs.
"I experienced the wonderful atmosphere of the RheinEnergieSTADION on the final day of the season. I'm looking forward to playing there in a home shirt."
"Honestly, my role model is Didier Drogba," he continued when asked about the players whom he admires. "I just like his physical style of play, which he showed in every game when he was at Chelsea – the best period of his career."
"I have to keep working hard on my game," he continued. "I'm not where I want to be yet. I want to become a great player, so I have to keep on pushing in that direction.
Koln general manager Jorg Schmadtke also expressed his satisfaction over the signing, saying that he believes there is still much to come from Cordoba.
"Jhon Cordoba is a quick and physical centre forward with a nose for goal," he said. "He has a lot of experience for his age, but we still think he has a lot of potential."