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"Adrián Ramos told me to join Hertha!"

Jhon Córdoba discusses his move to Berlin, the advice of former Hertha striker Adrián Ramos, and a potential debut on Saturday (19/09/20) in Bremen.

In the end, it all came about pretty quickly. Jhon Córdoba arrived in the capital on Tuesday morning (15/09/20), went through his medical and then signed on the dotted line. On Wednesday, the striker was joining up with his new teammates at the training ground for the first time. The 27-year-old hasn’t had a lot of time to process everything that has happened in the last few days. Between getting started in training and attending a seminar to learn the updated rules for the new season, the Colombian striker found time to speak to the press on Wednesday (16/09/20). "Hertha BSC is a club with great history. I really wanted to take on this challenge – I am passionate and highly-motivated to succeed. I’m very happy to be a part of this club,” said Hertha’s new number 15. The right-footed player spoke about his reasons for making the switch, his discussions with former Hertha striker Adrián Ramos, and a potential debut on Saturday (19/09/20) in Bremen.

herthabsc.de: Hi Jhon, and welcome to Berlin. From now on you will wear the blue and white of Hertha – why did you decide that this was the right move for you?

Jhon Córdoba: Michael Preetz and Bruno Labbadia explained the club’s project to me, and I found it really exciting. Hertha BSC is a club with great history. I really wanted to take on this challenge – I am passionate and highly-motivated to succeed. I’m very happy to be a part of this club. It was the best option for me and my family. My last two seasons in Cologne were really good, which convinced the Hertha management to bring me to Berlin. I think that I will be able to take the next step in my career here.

herthabsc.de: Your father Manuel was also a football player, making his name in your home country of Colombia. Do you get your talent from him?

Córdoba: I’d say so. My dad played professional football for 17 years, and he was a striker too. He has given me so much, and I think that the footballing ability is in my blood. He was one of the reasons why I dreamt of being a footballer.

herthabsc.de: At the Olympiastadion, you will be following in the footsteps of one of your compatriots, Adrián Ramos, who played for the Old Lady between 2009 and 2014. Do you know each other? Did you speak to him before making the move here?

Córdoba: Yeah, we do know one another. Adrián is a great player and a good guy – we get on really well. We actually met up in Bali once! We had a great time, and I have really fond memories to look back on. I had the chance to speak to him at the start of this week. Adrián told me that I should make the move, which helped me to come to a final decision. He told me that I would enjoy playing for Hertha and that my style of play would fit in really well at the club. His success here serves as extra motivation for me!

herthabsc.de: The current Hertha squad contains plenty of exciting attacking players. With Krzysztof Piątek, Matheus Cunha and Dodi Lukébakio, there’s potential for a lot of goals. How do you see your role?

Córdoba: That’s for the coach to decide. Healthy competition is good, as it brings out the best in everyone. I think that the team’s way of playing, where we want to have as many shots on goal as possible, means that there will certainly be a place for me. For me, it’s not a big deal whether we play with one striker or two. We have to be prepared to use various tactical systems. 

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"For me, it’s not a big deal whether we play with one striker or two. We have to be prepared to use various tactical systems."

Jhon Córdoba

herthabsc.de: What does the number 15 shirt mean to you?

Córdoba: It’s the number that I have worn ever since I arrived in Germany. It’s just a number that I like – my lucky number, in a way.

herthabsc.de: Are you excited to play regular football at Berlin‘s Olympiastadion? You must have good memories of your last visit here...

Córdoba: … (laughs). Last time I was here, I scored twice for Köln and assisted another goal! It was an important win for us, but that’s all in the past. I’m a Hertha player now, and I want to score plenty of goals for this club so that we can win as many matches as possible!

herthabsc.de: Apart from the team hotel and the Olympiastadion, what do you know about Berlin?

Córdoba: I’m not so familiar with Berlin, but I’m looking forward to settling in and getting to know every corner of the city. I’ve heard that Berlin really has everything, so I hope to have a good time here. My wife and one-year-old daughter are here with me – now it’s time to find an apartment. (grins)

herthabsc.de: As a player, you are a strong, physical striker. How would you describe yourself as a person?

Córdoba: My idol is Didier Drogba – I still watch back videos of his old games. Maybe there is a comparison that can be made between us. In private, I am a quiet guy. I like to stay at home with my wife and daughter, or to go to a restaurant to eat. But like I said, I am looking forward to getting to know Berlin. I want to learn all about this city.

herthabsc.de: You’ve now completed your first training session with the team. The opening fixture of the Bundesliga takes place on Saturday (19/09/20, 15:30 CEST) against Werder Bremen. Will you be ready to make your debut?

Córdoba: I am fit and ready to go in Bremen (grins). But again, it’s up to the manager.

Teams, 16.09.2020