Barcelona transfer target to stay in Germany

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Borussia Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl has ruled out any potential transfer of Marc-André ter Stegen and is adamant that the goalkeeper will remain at Stadion im Borussia-Park.

The 21-year-old has been frequently linked with a move to Spanish champions Barcelona, who are eager to find a replacement for the departing Victor Valdes.

The 6ft 2in German stopper is one of the most highly regarded prospects in his home nation, and his consistent performances between the posts for Die Fohlen has seen his name propel into the conversations of the world's leading scouts. 

Having made 92 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit his best season arguably coming during the 2011/12 campaign - a season that saw him concede just 24 goals.

Ter Stegen has earned praise from former Borussia Mönchengladbach number one Joerg Stiel, who commented: "It's quite clear, in the not-too-distant future, he will be Germany's number one." 

This potential has caused unrest in relation to constant rumours linking the player with a move away from his current club and this has lead 38-year-old Eberl to tell Kicker: "He will play for Gladbach next season".

He added: "Marc has declared that himself, and his agent did so as well. It doesn't get more clear than that.

"I am very annoyed by these ongoing allegations. 

"Ter Stegen is one of the most talented goalkeepers on the continent, so of course big clubs are interested in signing him." 

The goalkeeper is rumoured to be valued in the region of €11m but his current employers would look a deal closer to €20m. 


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