Transfer news: Barcelona sign Victor Valdes' replacement, German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, as Jose Manuel Pinto also leaves
Barca sign Borussia Monchengladbach’s Ter Stegen as new goalkeeper
Tuesday 20 May 2014
Barcelona have confirmed the signing of their new goalkeeper for next season, Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marc-Andre ter Stegen, as the replacement for veteran Victor Valdes, with Jose Manuel Pinto also leaving the club.
Ter Stegen refused a sign an extension with the German club in January and has now signed for the Spanish giants.
Pinto, who has played in goal during Valdes’ season-long injury, has also been told that no new contract will be offered to him after his deal expired at the end of the season.
Barca’s new stopper, Ter Stegen is 22 years old and has four caps for Germany but failed to make the national side’s World Cup squad.
With Valdes and Pinto both leaving, the Catalan giants will be saying goodbye to two long standing members of their squad.
Valdes, who has played his entire career at Barcelona, published a letter to the fans saying thank you to the years of support he received.
Barcelona also released an official statement thanking Pinto for his six years of services to the club.
The announcements of the goalkeeper changes came from new manager Luis Enrique, who took charge of the club after Gerardo Martino stepped down as boss following Barcelona’s failure to win the La Liga title after their 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid last weekend.
Barca are set for a summer of change with several key players set for possible moves.
The club are allegedly willing to part with some of their stars should the right offers come in, with Cesc Fabregas, Alexis Sanchez, Javier Mascherano, Daniel Alves and Pedro among those who could leave.
The club will also recall Gerard Deulofeu, who enjoyed success at Everton last season, and Rafinha, who was at Celta Vigo, for their loan spells to join the squad for next season.
Latest in Sport
Raheem Sterling to Manchester City: Winger to report for Liverpool training on today but Reds braced for third City bid this week
Morgan Schneiderlin to Arsenal: Transfer news live - Sergio Ramos to Manchester United; Raheem Sterling to Manchester City
Football kits 2015/16: The good, the bad and the downright worst new shirts from around the world for next season
Nick Kyrgios praises fans smearing Vegemite and Nutella on their faces in support of Wimbledon star
Alexis Sanchez 'will miss start of Arsenal season' after Chile go all the way in Copa America
- 1 Autistic teenager beaten up by bullies makes them watch 20-minute video about autism
- 2 Greece debt crisis explained: A history of just how the country landed itself in such a mess
- 3 People all over the world are getting semicolon tattoos to draw attention to mental health
- 4 Greek debt crisis: Yanis Varoufakis's funniest (and most memorable) quotes
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts