Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu has confirmed the club’s interest in Marc-Andre ter Stegen, but Borussia Moenchengladbach coach Lucien Favre says he expects the goalkeeper to stay.
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There have been persistent rumours throughout 2013 that Barca are set to bring in Germany under-21 keeper ter Stegen, with Victor Valdes set to leave the Camp Nou on a free transfer in the summer.
Reports in Spain in October suggested a deal was close to being agreed, but the claims were denied by Gladbach and the player’s agent, who insisted there have been no talks with the Spanish champions. Ter Stegen, meanwhile, has said he is in talks over a new contract, with his current deal due to expire in 2015.
Bartomeu, though, has told Catalonian radio station RAC1: “We have been looking for new keeper since January and are in advanced negotiations to sign someone. Ter Stegen is one of the few candidates.”
Favre, though, has told Bild that he does not expect the 21-year-old to leave Borussia-Park.
“I have the feeling that Marc wants to stay, and I believe that he will stay,” Favre said. “That other clubs are interested in such a strong goalkeeper is totally normal.”