Ter Stegen: it's nice to hear of Barça interest
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Highly-rated Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is flattered by reported interest from Barcelona but insists his focus is on doing well for Borussia Monchengladbach.

The 21-year-old has been touted as a possible replacement for Victor Valdes when the long-serving goalkeeper leaves Camp Nou at the end of this season. However, Ter Stegen is determined to concentrate on his career with home-town club Monchengladbach.

Asked about the links with Barcelona and the possibility of him one day playing in Spain, Ter Stegen told Catalan newspaper Sport: "I don't know.

It's nice to hear that interest exists. I'm happy to be in Monchengladbach and we'll see what happens.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen

"Right now I'm focused on Borussia, which is the most important thing for me. I owe this club, which I've followed since I was little, and this now is the main thing.

"It's nice to hear that interest exists, but that's all I can say at the minute. I'm happy to be in Monchengladbach and we'll see what happens."

"What has to happen, will happen. I'm preparing every day to be the best goalkeeper I can and try to take it day by day."

Ter Stegen acknowledged that Valdes is one of the players he looks up to, saying: "I always try to learn from the great goalkeepers.

"Victor is one of the best keepers in the world. He's done a great job at Barça for many years. I don't know him personally, but he seems a very good keeper. He's first choice at his club, he's an international."