Tuesday, 28th January, 2014

Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has slammed rumours of a contract with Barcelona as "nonsense", despite heading for the exit this summer.

Ter Stegen has already made clear he will be leaving Borussia Monchengladbach in June, as speculation grows about becoming Victor Valdes' successor.

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The signs are aplenty, with Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta – himself a former goalkeeper – already making a scouting trip and his Gladbach counterpart hinting towards Catalunya as well.

The "club that we're all thinking of" are going through a transitional phase, and Ter Stegen refused to fan any rumours.


"I'm going to reveal neither the club nor any other things in that regard", he told Die Welt. "It is nonsense that I have already signed [a deal with Barcelona].

"That is simply not true, but someone always wants to give his two cents, and so just created a rumour. If there is something to report, we will do that."

Gladbach fans, and the club in general, have been disappointed with Ter Stegen's decision to not renew beyond 2015.

However, the 21-year-old insists his non-extension was not for lack of trying on Gladbach's part, adding: "Borussia made every effort to keep me and it was a top offer. But I have just decided to go another way."

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