Berlin – After four years in blue and white, Ondrej Duda will leave to join 1. FC Köln. “Ondrej scored several important goals for us during his time at Hertha BSC, which the fans will have good memories of. We thank him for that and wish him all the best for his new challenge in Cologne,” Michael Preetz said about the transfer on Wednesday. “I would like to say thank you to all my teammates, the executives and, of course, the fans of Hertha BSC. I wish them all the best. I had a very intense, if not always easy time at the club and in Berlin, which I will never forget,” said Duda.
Nagging injuries to start – an unforgettable brace against Schalke
Duda joined the Old Lady in 2016, making the move from Legia Warsaw. After being plagued by injury in his debut season, the Slovakian eventually found his footing and scored his debut Bundesliga goal for the club in October 2017 against Bayern München. Duda’s 2018/19 season was a career-best for the attacker, as he scored 11 and set up a further six goals. His brace against Schalke will certainly not be forgotten any time soon, as he helped the Herthaner secure their first win in Gelsenkirchen in over 14 years. The right-footed attacking midfielder began the 2019/20 season as a regular starter for Hertha, but fell out of the starting XI as the season progressed. Duda was then loaned to Premier League side Norwich during the Rückrunde. After taking part in pre-season with the Old Lady, Duda and Hertha BSC have now officially parted ways. He leaves having made 71 competitive appearances for the Blue-Whites (13 goals).