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Despite Bayern Munich links, Cologne's Jonas Hector signs new two-year deal

Jonas Hector was part of the Germany squad that reached the Euro 2016 semifinals.

Germany defender Jonas Hector has ended speculation about his future by signing a two-year contract extension with relegation-threatened Cologne.

Hector, 27, was reported to be interesting clubs, including Bundesliga rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund and Serie A leaders Juventus, but is now committed to the club until 2023.

Cologne, bottom of the Bundesliga and eight points from safety with three games remaining, will almost certainly be playing in Germany's second tier next season.

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Cologne hire Markus Anfang as coach for next season

Markus Anfang will be the next coach of Cologne.

COLOGNE, Germany -- Relegation-troubled Cologne have appointed Markus Anfang as coach for next season, when the club will most likely be playing in Germany's second division.

Cologne, last in the Bundesliga with four rounds remaining, say the 43-year-old Anfang, a native of the city, will switch from Holstein Kiel along with assistant Tom Cichon for the 2018-19 season. Both signed three-year deals.

Anfang, a former midfielder, played for Fortuna Duesseldorf, Kaiserslautern, Duisburg and Schalke,...

Cologne to part ways with coach Stefan Ruthenbeck at season's end

Stefan Ruthenbeck

Cologne coach Stefan Ruthenbeck will leave at the end of the season regardless of whether his side manages to stay in the Bundesliga.

Bottom of the league with five games remaining, Cologne said on Thursday that thry had already agreed with Ruthenbeck not to extend his existing deal.

"Stefan and his team overtook this team in a very difficult situation, but showed full engagement and continue to do a good job," sporting director Armin Veh said. "We agreed back in December that we would continue...