Marc-Andre Ter Stegen gave short shrift to suggestions he was ‘one for the future’ ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League game against Arsenal.
The goalkeeper appeared before the Press to preview the second leg of the Round of 16 tie amid speculation he is considering his future at Camp Nou, unhappy at only playing the Copa del Rey and European fixtures.
“The truth is I’m not thinking about what comes in the future. I think of the moment and I’m very interested because the Champions League gives me the opportunity to play, that’s all,” he insisted, AS reports, as the questions focused more on his situation than the match.
“Playing always gives me hope. If we can win a game like [against Arsenal] you have to enjoy it.
“I don’t know that I want to be called the goalkeeper of the future and that doesn’t interest me for the moment, the game does. That’s all. The objective is the game.
“I think it will be a very difficult match because we had a good result in the first leg but that doesn’t mean we’re in the quarter-final. We want to win.
“My relationship with Claudio Bravo? It’s good. A lot of people ask me that but I only think about the game. It’s a long time until the end of the season. You never know how the situation will go. We’ll see.
“You can never be certain of being a starter. You always have to give the best version. Then the Coach decides. I can’t decide for other people.”
Ter Stegen did get to discuss the Gunners in greater detail, insisting they are capable of coming back from the 2-0 defeat in London.
“Of course. They’re one of the best teams in Europe. You have to play without fear,” he advised.
“They’re a team with a lot of forwards, such as Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil. We have to be aware of what’s coming. We want to have the opportunities we had in the first leg, we want to do the same. We want to have possession.
“Alexis? He has a lot of quality and Arsenal always look for him on counter-attacks and will do so again. He’s very capable of doing well.”