BATE Borisov’s Mladenovic moves to Cologne

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Cologne, Jan 5 (IANS) Serbian defender Filip Mladenovic has joined Cologne from Belarusian champions BATE Borisov.

Cologne strengthened their defence with the signing of the left back, who penned a contract until June 2019 with the ‘Billy Goats’, reports Xinhua.

“With the signing of Filip Mladenovic we complete our squad. He is an internationally experienced and a hard-running left back, who drew attention in the current Champions League season. I am therefore very pleased that he has opted for us,” Cologne sporting director Joerg Schmadtke said on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old wore, since February 2014, BATE’s outfit and scored two goals in 78 appearances. Mladenovic made his debut for Serbia in 2012.

“The Bundesliga is a great challenge for me and I am very happy that I can approach it with Cologne. The talks with those responsible have convinced me that this is the right move,” Cologne’s new arrival said.

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Mladenovic received jersey No.25 and joined his new teammates on Tuesday. Cologne are currently ninth in the standings before they encounter relegation-threatened Stuttgart on January 23 in the 18th round of Bundesliga.

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