Berlin- Preparations for 2018/19 continued on Monday as Lukas Klünter put pen to paper and agreed to join Hertha from July 1st from FC Cologne. “We are delighted that Lukas has chosen us. He wants to take the next step and establish himself as a Bundesliga player- We are convinced he will add quality to our team with his attributes – above all his pace,” said an excited Michael Preetz on today’s transfer.
“Above all it’s a big sign that another youngster with a lot of potential has chosen Hertha Berlin,” added the Hertha sporting director.
Klünter himself is also very excited for the challenge ahead. “I see a big opportunity to develop myself here in Berlin. I’m going to throw myself fully into this new challenge and get the most out of my potential,” said the 21-year-old after shortly after signing his contract.
Born in May 26 1996 in Euskirchen, Klünter moved from Bonner SC to the Köln youth set up in July 2014. After regularly turning out at right back for the under-19s and 23s, he made the step up the first team in 2016.
He made his debut later that year under Peter Stöger in a 1-1 draw with Hoffenheim. He scored his first goal for the Billy Goats in May 2017 against Leverkusen.
He went on to make 33 appearances for Köln and also appeared for them on an international stage against both games with Arsenal in the Europa League. He has represented his country, Germany, at under-21 level and has worn his national colours on 11 ocassions.
His career highlight came last summer when Klünter, along with fellow Hertha players Niklas Stark, Mitchell Weiser and Davie Selke, won the under-21 European Championships in Poland.