After starting in Barcelona’s 2-1 victory over Atletico Madrid tonight, German goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen was confronted by the microphones of Onda Cero’s “Al Primer Toque”.
Ter Stegen has been heavily linked with a move to City, with British reports ranging from City showing serious interest to having him in the bag. Reports from Spain, particularly the Barcelona-based newspapers, have been quite different, acknowledging City’s interest but stressing that Barcelona do not want to lose one of European football’s best young keepers.
Tonight, Ter Stegen was asked directly if he was joining Manchester City. The German replied:
“It is not true that I have signed for Manchester City. It’s not true.
“At the end of the season we will see what the situation is and we’ll talk.”
A denial by Ter Stegen, though hardly one that will kill off the speculation. Even if he has agreed to join City, it would be unlikely anything is signed yet, and he acknowledged himself that something could happen at the end of the season. Barcelona are keen to keep the goalkeeper, who is much younger than Claudio Bravo, but City are knocking at the door.