Bayern Munich forward Mandy Islacker has announced that she will be leaving the club this summer on a free transfer. Her destination is fellow Frauen Bundesliga club FC Köln. The 31 year old forward departs Munich after her second three-year stint with the club.
Islacker netted 31 goals over the last three seasons with Bayern in all competitions. Unfortunately, her time in Munich saw two different coaches favor other strikers ahead of her, so she mostly saw spot duty in the starting eleven.
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Hallo ihr Lieben❤️ Ich werde den FC Bayern im Sommer verlassen und zur kommenden Saison zum 1. FC Köln wechseln. Ich möchte mich bei Allen bedanken, die diese 3 tollen Jahre so unvergesslich gemacht haben. Es ist Zeit für etwas Neues und deshalb freue ich mich jetzt auf eine neue Herausforderung beim 1. FC Köln ⚪️ Eure Mandy
Islacker’s contract with Köln is not league-dependent, so if they were to get relegated to the 2.Bundesliga at the end of the current season, Islacker would join them in the second division. Currently, Köln are in 11th place in the 12-team league, two points from safety. They do, however, have two games in hand against 10th place Duisburg and 12th place USV Jena.
“I look forward to being a part of 1. FC Köln starting summer.” Islacker said about the move. “The talks with the people in charge of FC have absolutely convinced me that women’s soccer will be developed in a very professional way here in the future.”
Her agreeing to join despite being in the second division next season shows a faith in the type of organization that Köln are attempting to build. Since the 2014-15 season, Köln have won promotion into the Bundesliga and been relegated in the next season three different times. If they can stay in the first division this season, it would give them an extra building block to move forward with into the future.
Bavarian Football Works wishes Mandy well with her future!