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.