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Barcelona ready to extend Ter Stegen contract

Barcelona are set to begin contract extension negotiations with goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, according to Marca.

The German goalkeeper’s deal at the Camp Nou runs through until the summer of 2022, after he penned a freshly extended contract in 2017.

The 27-year-old has demonstrated he is one of football’s elite goalkeepers with a series of world-class performances for the Blaugrana, whom he joined from Borussia Mochengladbach in 2014 for €12m.

The goalkeeper played his 200th match for the club against Sevilla this weekend and is said to be very happy at the club, for whom his importance is behind only that of Lionel Messi.

Ter Stegen has been described as a tall, agile and consistent goalkeeper, with quick reflexes, good decision-making and excellent shot-stopping abilities; he is also strong in the air, good in one-on-one situations, and effective at communicating with his back-line courtesy of his strong personality.

He initially was number two to Claudio Bravo at the club before establishing himself as first-choice, and is currently above summer arrival Neto in the penalty area.

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