Barcelona are reportedly planning to offer a new contract to goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, following his excellent start to the 2019-20 season.
According to a report from Spanish publication MARCA, La Liga champions Barcelona are set to offer star man Marc-Andre ter Stegen a new and improved contract, as they look to tie him down to the club on a long-term deal.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen signed for Barcelona from German outfit Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2014. The 27-year-old found it hard to get game time early in his stint with the Catalans, as Claudio Bravo was the first-choice. Following the Chilean’s departure, ter Stegen has been the undisputed choice and has established himself as one of the finest goalkeepers in the game.
This past weekend against Sevilla, ter Stegen made his 200th appearance for Barcelona. He has kept a total of 86 clean sheets so far and has won four La Liga titles, three Copa del Rey trophies and one UEFA Champions League trophy as well.
The German international has made an excellent start to the 2019-20 campaign and has been Barcelona’s saviour on quite a few occasions, with the defence struggling to perform. So far this term, ter Stegen has made 10 appearances, keeping three clean sheets, with his performance in the Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund particularly standing out.
ter Stegen last signed a contract extension with Barcelona in May 2017, extending his stay at Camp Nou till the summer of 2022. And despite there being over two years left on his current deal, the reigning Spanish champions are planning to tie him down at the club with a new long-term contract.
The 22-time capped German international had been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past, as a possible replacement for David de Gea. However, with the Spaniard signing a new contract with the Red Devils, there is unlikely to be any interest from the 20-time English champions.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been an integral part of Barcelona’s success in recent seasons and some of his performances this term have been colossal. The report does not mention anything with regard to the length of the new contract or the wages, but there is no questioning that the German shot-stopper is richly deserving of the mooted contract extension.