Borussia Moenchengladbach, the club of German goalkeeper starlet Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, has today confirmed that the German international won’t extend his contract at the club.
Ter Stegen has been continuously rumoured to be Barcelona’s main target to succeed Victor Valdez when he leaves the club at the end of the season.
Gladbach sporting director, Max Eberl, is expecting the 21-year-old to leave the club in the summer, but besides declining Gladbach’s contract extension, the goalkeeper has not confirmed his future plans yet.
Ter Stegen’s current deal with the German side runs until June 2015, but Barcelona seem to be prepared to buy the player by the end of the season.
The Blaugrana have been following the development of the German since the U17 Euro in 2009, and are particularly impressed with his football skills.
The young goalkeeper made his first team debut in 2011 as a 17-year-old and has since kept an impressive 33 clean sheets in 88 Bundesliga starts.
Meanwhile the father of Thibaut Courtois, the other Barcelona target for the keeper position, confirmed today that joining Barcelona "was never an option".
It seems only a matter of time until the Blaugrana and Gladbach reach an agreement over Ter Stegen's transfer fee and the German will become Barca's new goalkeeper.
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