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Barcelona Keeper Pens Long-Term Contract Extension: Major Coup For The Catalans?

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Barcelona have confirmed on their official website that Marc-André ter Stegen has penned a long-term contract extension. The Catalans have revealed that the German keeper has signed a new deal which will keep him at the Nou Camp until the summer of 2025 (via fcbarcelona.com).

Ter Stegen’s Recent Record In Spain

The 28-year-old has missed out on several matches this season because of a knee injury. He has only made a couple of appearances for Barca this term, conceding three goals in the process.

Despite his recent frustrations, ter Stegen had a solid campaign in the last term when he shipped in 50 goals and kept 17 clean sheets in 46 matches for the Catalan outfit across all competitions. The German international averaged 6.2 long balls per game in La Liga and made 86.4% of his attempted passes in league football last season. He even managed to pick up two assists for Barca in the previous campaign (stats via whoscored).

Now that ter Stegen’s long-term future at the Nou Camp is sorted, it could allow him to solely concentrate on getting better on the field. He is currently amongst the best keepers in European football and will only enhance the Catalan club’s chances of tasting more success in the coming seasons.

Barcelona keeper ter Stegen pens long-term contract extension (ter Stegen is seen in the picture)
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 Custodian Offer On The Pitch?

Ter Stegen has got excellent reflexes which help him pull off some world-class saves at the back. He is usually quite clever with his positioning inside the penalty box and can make a few quick dives to stop the opposition from finding the back of the net.

The 24-time German international is also a brilliant distributor of the ball that makes him such an important member of Ronald Koeman’s first-team.

Tying Ter Stegen Down To A Long-Term Contract: Major Coup For Barca?

Getting ter Stegen to commit his long-term future seems like a major coup for the Catalans. The Spanish giants need to retain their best players if they are to be in a strong position to challenge for league and European titles after Messi is gone.

At 28, ter Stegen has plenty of time left in his locker to play at a high level which Barca can now look to benefit from in the years to come.

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