Barcelona made to wait on ter Stegen decision

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Barcelona will be left to sweat on the identity of their new goalkeeper after German target Marc-Andre ter Stegen insisted he will decide his future in the summer.

The La Liga giants are hunting for a new stopper with long-term home favourite Victor Valdes set to leave the Nou Camp on the expiration of his contract at the end of this campaign. 

Ter Stegen has long been linked with a move to Gerardo Martino's side. The 22-year-old has impressed hugely in the Bundesliga and has already surpassed the 100-appearance mark for Borussia Monchengladbach.

The German club are resigned to losing the youngster, they announced he will depart to an unnamed club.

However the three-cap international refuses to be drawn on speculation, and has revealed his decision will come in the summer.

"I control the moment when I announce my new club," Ter Stegen told Kicker.

"I would like to do so at the end of the season."

Barcelona were left reeling a few weeks ago when FIFA placed an 18-month transfer ban on them for malpractice in youth transfers. Although that embargo has been suspended for now, leaving them free to pursue targets. 

Also on the Catalan's wish-list is Chelsea 'keeper Thibaut Courtois who has spent most his career on-loan at Barca's La Liga title rivals Atletico Madrid.But it is Ter Stegen who has been the name more consistently mentioned in the same breath as the Nou Camp outfit.

The tall goalkeeper has helped guide his club to within six points of a Champions League finish with two games games left to play. 

Barcelona meanwhile are still in a three-way fight for a La Liga title with Atletico and El Classico rivals Real Madrid.

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