Marc-Andre ter Stegen has cast doubt over his Camp Nou future ahead of Wednesday’s El Clasico with Real Madrid.
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has potentially left the option of leaving the club open when asked about his future with the team. The former Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper joined the Catalan giants in the summer of 2014 for a fee of €12 m and has gone on to tie down the No 1 spot in recent seasons.
The 27-year-old played only in the team’s cup and European fixtures during his first couple of seasons at the Camp Nou, while Claudio Bravo was between the sticks for Barcelona in La Liga. He became the undisputed No. 1 for the 2016-17 season, prompting the Chilean’s move to Manchester City at the end of that campaign.
The German international has since developed into one of the best goalkeepers in world football, combining excellent shot-stopping with superb footwork. He has contributed two assists this season thanks to his distribution skills. The 27-year-old has even given Manuel Neuer a run for his money as the German national team No. 1.
The German shot-stopper recently shared his thoughts on his future with the La Liga giants ahead of Wednesday’s crunch fixture against arch-rivals Real Madrid which was originally canceled due to political unrest in Catalonia. Ter Stegen insisted he was happy at Barcelona but remained tight-lipped over his future at the club.
“In football, you never know what’s going to happen. I want to make the club happy and leave my mark. I want to make the club happy and leave my mark,” the 27-year-old told Goal. “I’m just trying to improve every day – even if it’s only small things. My goalkeeper coach (Jose de la Fuente) is critical and always sets new targets for us to be better,” he added.
“These are the games that you look forward to, they are the ones that get people excited. Real Madrid is always a dangerous game for us. They had some problems at the start of the season, but so did we. The league has also become stronger, especially physically. There are no simple games anymore,” the German went on to conclude.
Ter Stegen has not had the best of times in La Liga having conceded 20 goals so far this season. The German was responsible for Alexander Isak finding the net in Barca’s 2-2 draw with Real Sociedad on Saturday. The Blaugrana would consider themselves lucky to hold on to their top spot after Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw at Valencia on Sunday.