Defender Sebastiaan Bornauw has joined VfL Wolfsburg from Bundesliga rivals 1. FC Köln ahead of the new season. The 22-year-old Belgian has signed a five-year contract with the Green-and-Whites, keeping him at the club until 30 June 2026. He will wear the number three shirt for Mark van Bommel’s side.
“Sebastiaan has made a name for himself through strong and consistent performances in the Bundesliga,” said VfL sporting director Marcel Schäfer. “We rate very highly his footballing qualities, his mentality and the attitude that he embodies on the pitch. He’s exactly the player we want for the defence and therefore we’re delighted that we could persuade him to come to VfL.”
“Looking forward to the challenges in the Bundesliga and Europe”
Bornauw, who began his career with Moroccan top-flight side Wydad Athletic Club, joined Köln from Belgian record champions RSC Anderlecht in 2019. He made 57 Bundesliga appearances in two seasons with the Billy Goats, registering seven goals. His last goal in a Köln shirt was probably the most significant: his winner in the 1-0 victory at home to Schalke 04 on the final day of last season saved the cathedral city club from automatic relegation. Bornauw has also represented Belgium at every level from U15 upwards, making two appearances for the senior team to date.
On his move to Wolfsburg, the centre-back commented: “I see a big opportunity here to take the next step in my career and also develop myself as a person. VfL are a top club in German football and I’m looking forward to the challenges that await us in the Bundesliga and also in Europe. I’m excited about my surroundings and the team, and looking forward to getting to know the lads better at the training camp.”