Marc-Andre ter Stegen, as Barcelona’s cup goalkeeper, must have assumed he would be selected for the FIFA Club World Cup matches in Japan last week.
However, against both Guangzhou Evergrande in the semi-finals and River Plate in the final, Barça boss Luis Enrique opted for Claudio Bravo instead.
This surprise snub has angered Ter Stegen, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, and the Germany international is now considering leaving the Camp Nou.
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Ter Stegen, who helped Barcelona win the Copa del Rey and the Champions League last season, is one of the world’s most talented young goalkeepers.
The 23-year-old was expected to replace Victor Valdes in the summer of 2014 but, following his arrival at the Camp Nou, Enrique felt the team required a more experienced ‘keeper and subsequently asked the club to sign Bravo from Real Sociedad.
Ter Stegen disillusioned after snub
Ter Stegen did not play a single minute of league football for Barcelona last season but appeared to be content playing in cup competitions for the Catalan giants.
The former Borussia Mönchengladbach star has made four appearances in La Liga this term - covering for Bravo, who was sidelined with a calf muscle strain earlier in the season - and featured in all six of Barcelona’s Champions League group stage matches.
But there’s no doubt he would have had his heart set on playing in the FIFA Club World Cup. His unenthusiastic post-match celebrations summed up his disappointment.
Good news for Jurgen Klopp?
This latest news is likely to alert Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who is reportedly keen to bring the goalkeeper to Anfield with doubts over Simon Mignolet and Adam Bogdan.
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