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Report: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen Edges Closer To FC Barcelona Move

As per reports in the German media, Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has refused to extend his contract with the club, and could therefore be in line to replace Victor Valdes at Barcelona in a year's time

Alex Grimm

Ever since FC Barcelona number one Victor Valdes announced his desire to leave the Blaugrana this coming summer, Borussia Monchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been linked with a move to the Camp Nou, and up until recently, that move appeared to be in jeopardy. According to several reports in the German media, Monchengladbach were keen to discuss a new contract with their star talent with Director of Sport Max Eberl speculating about a "contract for life". However, Ter Stegen has been quoted by Kicker as saying that he is in "no hurry" to sign a new deal.

The talented keeper went on to remark that "my contract expires in 2015, and until then, I have time" -- indicating that this saga could draw on for quite some time. Really, from a Barcelona perspective, all we need to know is that it should carry on for another year at least -- Ter Stegen's future likely hinges on Borussa Monchengladbach's ability to qualify for European football after all.

Provided that no new deal is agreed in the next 10-12 months and that Barcelona's interest is genuine, this should be a relatively easy transfer for both parties. By 2014, Ter Stegen will likely be available at a cut-price -- and could slot seamlessly into the Barcelona line-up following the departure of Victor Valdes -- everyone wins. Well, unless you're Borussia Monchengladbach...

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