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Barcelona talk not swaying Ter Stegen

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Marc-Andre Ter Stegen admits the reported interest in him from Barcelona is 'nice', but insists that he's fully focussed on his football with Borussia Monchengladbach for now.

Ter Stegen, who has played three times for Germany, has been tipped as the long-term successor to Victor Valdes, whose Barcelona contract expires at the end of the year. 

But speaking to Catalan-based newspaper Sport, the 21-year-old reiterated his love for his hometown club.

"Right now I'm focused on Borussia, which is the most important thing for me," said Ter Stegen.

"I owe this club, which I've followed since I was little and this now is the main thing.

"It's nice to hear that interest exists, but that's all I can say at the minute. I'm happy to be in Monchengladbach and we'll see what happens."

The German did stop short of ruling out anything in the future, insisting he was concentrating on performing to the best of his ability whoever he played for. He also went on to give high praise to current Nou Camp number one Valdes.

He added: "What has to happen will happen. I'm preparing every day to be the best goalkeeper I can and try to take it day by day. I always try to learn from the great goalkeepers.

"Victor is one of the best keepers in the world. He's done a great job at Barca for many years. I don't know him personally, but he seems a very good keeper.

Ter Stegen has made 84 appearances for Monchengladbach's senior side since debuting back in 2011, and will hope to provide competition for Manuel Neuer and Rene Adler in the build-up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, which Germany are one of the favoured sides to win.

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