Marc-Andre ter Stegen joins Barcelona: Goalkeeper presented as first summer transfer to replace Victor Valdes
Ter Stegen joins from Borussia Monchengladbach with the club hopeful he will become the first-choice goalkeeper for years to come
Thursday 22 May 2014
Barcelona have presented young German Marc-Andre ter Stegen as their new goalkeeper after he arrived in at the Nou Camp to finalise his contract.
In a series of posts on their official Twitter account, Barcelona announced that they had completed the signing of the former Borussia Monchengladbach stopper, who will be tasked with replacing Victor Valdes after the Spaniard left the club when his contract expired.
Valdes’ long-term understudy Jose Manuel Pinto is also expected to leave the club as his contract is also up for renewal, with Barcelona acting swiftly to bring in Ter Stegen before the 2014 World Cup gets underway.
Ter Stegen won’t be a part of Germany’s squad even though he has already made four appearances under Joachim Low’s tenure as manager, with Manuel Neuer, Ron-Robert Zieler and Roman Weidenfeller preferred for the tournament in Brazil.
Speaking after his presentation, Ter Stegen said: “It is a great honour for me and a big challenge.
“This is one of the best clubs in the world and a chance like this doesn’t come your way every day.
“Victor Valdes is a great keeper who has done so much for the club and won so many titles, but I am who I am and that’s that.”
Latest in Sport
William Carvalho to Arsenal? Gunners make new enquiry for £35m rated midfielder
Manchester United transfer news: More signings expected, indicates Ed Woodward
WWE Battleground 2014 results: John Cena and The Miz are the big winners on a night to forget in Tampa, Florida
Liverpool transfer news: Loic Remy, Dejan Lovren and Divock Origi on verge of Anfield moves
Manchester City transfer news: Completed summer deals
- 1 Husband creates spreadsheet detailing wife's 'excuses' for turning down sex
- 2 Saneie Masilela, 9, marries Helen Shabangu, 53 years his senior, for the second time
- 3 UK pirates will get four warning letters a year
- 4 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 5 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: victims’ bodies bundled in black bags and loaded onto trains