Modeste: “Terzic wanted me at all cost” | OneFootball
Modeste: “Terzic wanted me at all cost”
The Yellow Wall
After signing with Borussia Dortmund on Monday, Anthony Modeste told Sky Sport that he cannot wait to hear the UEFA Champions League anthem.
The 34-year-old sees his controversial move from 1. FC Köln, who were unamused about his transfer to the Black and Yellows, as a big chance.
After years of reports of a potential move to the German vice-champions, Modeste finally penned a one-year deal.
About the rumours he ahead of his move, he said afterwards: “This was nothing new for me, because almost every year there were rumours about BVB having an interest in me. Now, at 34 years old, it finally materialised.”
When asked how many times Dortmund had inquired about him, Modeste said: “Three times.”
In the end, the lure of competing in Europe’s most illustrious competition was too great to refuse for the striker.
“Now I can play Champions League. I had to take this step. I thought about it, of course, but I won’t get a chance like this again. I had to take advantage of it.”
The chance, sadly, only opened up for Modeste due Sébastien Haller’s illness that will sideline BVB’s record-signing (31 million Euros) for several months. The Black and Yellows were looking for a striker with a similar profile as the former Ajax forward.
“Edin Terzic told me he wants me at all costs,” Modeste revealed, adding: “He wants to utilize my aerial strength to score goals. I’m happy to have such a coach and that such a club has knocked on my door. BVB is something special. Everything is big here, I’m looking forward to having awesome teammates and scoring goals.”
One of those teammates will be 17-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko. Modeste, it seems, has already assumed the role of a mentor: “He’s 17 years old, I’m 34. He’s a huge talent. I’m there to help him. Of course, I have more experience. I think we will do a good job together.”
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