Happy Kalou ex­tends Hertha con­tract

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BER­LIN: Ex-Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou on Wed­nes­day ex­tended his Hertha Ber­lin con­tract, which had been due to ex­pire in June, with re­ports the new deal runs un­til 2020.

“I feel very com­fort­able in Ber­lin and I still have plenty that I want to achieve with Hertha Ber­lin. I would like to help the team con­tinue to progress as it has in the last few years,” said the 31year-old Kalou.

The Ivory Coast for­ward joined Hertha for €1.8 mil­lion (RM8.5 mil­lion) from Lille in 2014, who he had joined in 2012 fol­low­ing six years with Chelsea.

At Hertha this sea­son he has scored six goals and pro­vided four as­sists in 16 games so far.

Hertha have not stip­u­lated how long the new con­tract is for, but Ger­man daily Bild claimed it will run for an­other three years.

Hertha’s di­rec­tor of sport Michael Preetz said Kalou, who has scored 30 goals in 86 ap­pear­ances for Ber­lin, turned down other clubs to stay.

Head coach Pal Dar­dai was pleased to keep the club’s po­tent part­ner­ship in­tact with Kalou play­ing along­side Hertha’s top­scorer Vedad Ibi­se­vic, who has 10 league goals this sea­son.

“Salomon is a real cham­pion. He has won ev­ery­thing, but de­spite that he is still hun­gry for more. He is a model pro­fes­sional and a great ex­am­ple for all play­ers,” said Dar­dai.

Kalou won the 2011/12 Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle, the 2010 English Premier League and lifted the FA Cup four times while at Lon­don giants Chelsea.

He also played in the Ivory Coast team who won the 2015 Africa Cup of Na­tions.

Hertha are cur­rently fifth in Ger­many’s top flight and bid­ding to qual­ify di­rectly for a Cham­pi­ons League place next sea­son. AFP

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