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Barcelona’s ter Stegen opens up about renewal talks

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen prior to the LaLiga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona / GETTY IMAGES EUROPE
Marc-Andre Ter Stegen prior to the LaLiga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona / GETTY IMAGES EUROPE

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen has opened up about his current situation in Barcelona, and has reflected on the beginning of his career so far.

This Friday afternoon, Marc André ter Stegen was interviewed through the Instagram account of his now former team, Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Ter Stegen spoke of his beginnings at the German club, Borussia Möchengladbach, where he debuted at just 18 years of age after being an academy player of his hometown team. His debut took place on the most important stage possible of the moment since it was in a derby against Köln.

“Lucien Favre came and said to me ‘Hello, tomorrow you’re playing!’ I did not sleep well that night,” Ter Stegen said, according to the Spanish news outlet, Mundo Deportivo.

That season, his team was in the relegation zone with the risk of going down to the German second division, but in the end, they were able to stay in the German top flight, in the Bundesliga.

“If we had been relegated, I would not have taken place in 2015 in the Champions League final with Barça,” he added.

Barcelona signed the German keeper in the summer of 2014 for just 12 million euros. In that same season, ter Stegen was key in the Catalan side conquering the Champions League, and completing the second treble in the club’s history. A year later, in the Champions League in 2016, Marc-André returned home to Germany, but this time facing Mönchengladbach, and he received a very emotional ovation.

“It gave me goosebumps, it was crazy. There you really notice how much they appreciate you,” he explained.

Besides, he spoke about the possibility of dressing the colours of ‘Die Fohlen’ again. “Back to Borussia? Never say never, I will always love Borussia,” explained.

Barcelona have made it clear that the German goalkeeper is one of the team’s few untouchables, and over the past few seasons he has shown that he is essential to the squad. However, there has been much speculation regarding his contract renewal. Marc-André ter Stegen spoke during this interview about his situation with Barcelona and his contract renewal, which ends in 2022.

“We have already had the first conversations [about a contract renewal], but as I have already said, we have put it on hold because there are much more important things [going on] at the moment,” referring to the situation triggered by the coronavirus.

Finally and most importantly, he has sent a message that is bound to calm all Barcelona fans down.

“I am very happy here and the sporting situation is good, the team is doing well. What more can I ask for,” ter Stegen explained.

It is worth noting that just a few months ago, Marc-André became a father for the first time, and built his own house, with his wife, in Barcelona.