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Most recently, Elvis Rexhbecaj from Cologne shone with goals and assists. His qualities have not remained hidden from Stefan Kuntz either - the U-21 coach put him on the Olympic list
Elvis Rexhbecaj shone with two goals in the 2-1 win in the derby at Borussia Mönchengladbach. With five goals and two assists, the midfielder is 1. FC Köln's most successful scorer this season. Qualities that also became aware of U-21 national coach Stefan Kuntz, who put the Wolfsburg loan on his list for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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Elvis Rexhbecaj has already experienced both extremes in his adopted home in Cologne. The 23-year-old has been awarded to the billy goats by VfL Wolfsburg for a good year and until the end of the season, and is currently experiencing the beautiful sides of the football city of Cologne. His double in the Derby in Gladbach has at least made him a temporary hero.
His recognition value in the cathedral city has increased significantly due to his feat. "I notice that people register who I am even more than usual. The man from the delivery service already says a nice word, or on the street people just call my name," says the left-footer, giving an insight into life as a Derby- Hero.
"The delivery man says a nice word, or people on the street just call my name." - Elvis Rexhbecaj
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He's currently enjoying his time in Cologne. How long this will last is open. The FC has a purchase option for seven million euros. Not to be lifted for the club in the pandemic. "Because of Corona it is a financially difficult phase, also for FC", knows Rexhbecaj, which Wolfsburg ("VfL also has a say") could even get back for a payment of one million euros if FC would take the option .
The midfielder does not want to see himself as completely powerless in this deal. "At the end of the day, my wish must also count," emphasizes Rexhbecaj. At VfL, if in doubt, they will remind him of his contract signature, with which he tied himself to the Wolves until 2023.
But this is a long way off. Now relegation with FC is the top priority for him. Rexhbecaj has already contributed a lot to this goal with five hits and two assists, which make him the best scorer of billy goats.
Kuntz signed up in December
And his quality also convinced U-21 national coach Stefan Kuntz. He picked the man from Cologne as a candidate for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, as Rexhbecaj confirms. "I got the call from Stefan Kuntz in December, he put me on the list. That makes me very proud and is an additional incentive for me," says Cologne's number 20, "it would be a dream for Germany to join To play the Olympics. "
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What Rexhbecaj says about his role as Cologne top scorer, what he values about Cologne coach Markus Gisdol and what was the biggest change for him after his move from Wolfsburg to Cologne, you can read in the big kicker interview in the Thursday edition or in the eMagazine.
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