Transfer news

Gladbach not fearful of losing ter Stegen

July 3, 2013
By Jens Weber, Germany correspondent

Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien Favre insists he is not worried about losing goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen this summer, amid reported interest from Barcelona.

Moenchengladbach's goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen
GettyImagesTer Stegen was a standout for Gladbach last season

Ter Stegen, 21, has been linked with a move to the Spanish champions, but Favre is confident Gladbach can hold onto the youngster.

"[I am] not worried to lose ter Stegen this summer," Favre said. "Those were just rumours from the papers.

However, Favre has not ruled out the possible sale of Ter Stegen in the future.

"You never know what happens," he told Sportbild. "If somebody plays two or three good seasons, it always gets dangerous."

The Bundesliga side's sporting director Max Eberl echoed Favre's praise of the Germany international and revealed his frustration at speculation surrounding his future.

"He will play for Gladbach next season," Eberl told Kicker. "Marc has declared that himself, and his agent did so as well. It doesn't get more clear than that. I am very annoyed by these ongoing speculations.

"Ter Stegen is one of the most talented goalkeepers on the continent, so of course big clubs are interested in signing him."

Gladbach suffered a major blow following the 2011-12 season, losing three of their biggest stars in Marco Reus, Dante and Roman Neustadter. 

Favre lamented the loss of defender Dante to Bayern Munich , who swooped for the Brazil international after a standout season. The Gladbach coach is hopeful of holding onto his side's key players for next season.

"Dante is a boss," he said. "He always wants to improve in every training, but he surprised everybody."