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Barcelona Confident About Extending This Talented Keeper’s Contract: Good Move For All Parties?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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According to a recent report by Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are confident about extending Marc Andre ter Stegen’s contract this summer. The same source has also stated that the Catalans are prioritising a contract extension for their first-choice keeper which would keep him at the Nou Camp until 2025 at the very least. Ter Stegen’s current deal is set to expire in the summer of 2022, so it is no surprise that Barca are so eager to tie him down to a new long-term contract.

Ter Stegen’s Impressive Form At The Nou Camp This Season

The German international has enjoyed another solid season at Catalonia after producing several impressive performances in between the sticks as Quique Setien’s number one keeper. He has conceded 41 goals and kept 17 clean sheets in 44 matches for the Spanish giants this term across all competitions which highlight just how incredible he has been at the top level.

Ter Stegen has also averaged 0.7 clearances and 5.9 long balls per game in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League this season. He has completed 86.4% of his attempted passes in league football which goes to show just how comfortable he can be when retaining possession for his team at the back (stats via whoscored).

The Monchengladbach-born talent has secured 24 senior caps for the German national team so far. As long as ter Stegen can maintain his high standards in the upcoming campaign, he will be a nailed-on starter in Joachim Löw’s squad for next year’s UEFA European Championship finals.

Barcelona confident about extending ter Stegen's contract (ter Stegen seen in the photo)
Marc-Andre ter Stegen of FC Barcelona looks on during the Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on June 30, 2020, in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

What Does The German International Offer On The Pitch?

Ter Stegen is a well-rounded keeper who has proven his worth as one of the best players in his position over the past few years. He boasts excellent reflexes that allow him to pull off some incredible saves at the back. The German custodian can make some quick dives and is also a reliable handler of the ball inside his penalty area. He can sense the danger quickly and is not afraid to come out of his box so that he can make a last-gasp clearance for his team.

Barca Confident About Extending ter Stegen’s Contract: Good Move For All Parties?

The Catalans are blessed to have a top-class keeper like ter Stegen in their squad. Hence, Setien should make it his mission to tie his first-choice keeper down to a fresh, long-term contract. The German goalie has the potential to win even more trophies with the Catalans in the coming seasons.

All in all, it is a deal that will benefit both the player and the club in the long-run. Ter Stegen is currently playing at the top of his game for one of the most well-known clubs in European football. Therefore, it makes sense for him to stay and commit his future to the Catalan giants. Setien will also benefit from retaining his services, but would need to invest on some incoming talent if he wants to build a strong squad capable of bridging the gap to Real Madrid at the summit of Spanish football.

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