Marc-André ter Stegen joined the FC Barcelona preseason training ahead of time. It is not the first time that the German goalkeeper has shown an above average commitment to help the Catalan team. After not having been a starter during the World Cup, Ter Stegen wants to win everything with his club. All this, together with his importance in the dressing room, are arguments that have made the German goalkeeper sound like a possible Barça captain.
“This will be decided by the team, but it’s an honour that my name is associated with the captaincy. I would be proud to be one of the captains, of course,” said Ter Stegen, the first of the World Cup players to join the Barça team. “I really wanted to get back with the group. I really want to get something good for the team, we are hungry for success. We try to fight for everything, beyond the importance of the Champions,” said the German goalkeeper.
Ter Stegen showed understanding about Jasper Cillesen‘s situation, but was clear in his intention to play for everything: “Your future depends on it. I think it’s a personal thing. I understand that he wants to play more, but here I also want to be number one and play everything. Everyone knows this, he knows it, and the club knows it. The future of Jasper depends on him,” he said.
On the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, the German goalkeeper considers that Real Madrid will not suffer too much as they have a strong squad. “I think they have a great team, like every year, and like us. It will be difficult to beat them even if Ronaldo is not there. He is a player who made a great difference, but we concentrate on our own. If we are good, we play well and we have confidence, we will have options to win everything,” stressed the Barça goalkeeper.