FC Barcelona seemed to have got the best news of the initial phase of this season amidst several injury backlogs as their no.1 and star keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has signed a long-term contract extension at the club, which will see him don the colors of Barcelona for a period of five years, till 2028.
Ter Stegen signs new contract
Marc-Andre ter Stegen , fondly known as “MATS” has gifted Culers with the best news in this season, as he has agreed for a contract extension for the La Liga champions, for a period of five years, and would look to protect the Barca goal till 2028. His release clause is set at a humongous 500 million euros. After the departure of seasoned veterans like Jordi Alba, Gerard Pique and Sergi Busquets last season, it was rumored as who would be the responsible figure for Barca’s captaincy as the La Liga giants wanted a permanent replacement for Sergio Busquets, who is dazzling with his caliber on the American soil, already winning the Leagues Cup. This season, they have handed over the armband to their trusted custodian Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who has already featured in two of the league games, continuing his jubilant form in clean sheets.
The German wall
Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been one of the brilliant shot-stoppers for Barcelona over the last few seasons. Having joined the club in 2014, almost a decade ago, he has lived up to the expectations, as fans would always remember his contributions under the goal. Owing to his exploits in the Barca shirt, which ranged from hefty assists to clever clearance of the ball, the 31-year old has always been on his feet.
Last season, he unleashed his inner beast when he went broke former Catalan legend Claudio Bravo’s clean sheet record. He kept the score line in favor of Barca, without conceding a goal in 26 fixtures, eventually lifting the Zamora trophy, which is given to the best goalkeepers in the tournament. Along with valuable contributions from the Barcelona defense which comprised the famous “B-A-C-K”, a quartet of Alejandro Balde, La Masia star, Ronald Araujo, Danish Andreas Christensen and French Joules Kounde, Ter Stegen channeled his inner Lev Yashin, with some remarkable goal-line clearances to keep up his form.
Adds another assist to his name, this time, financially
FC Barcelona’s official announcement regarding Ter Stegen’s contract extension read, “FC Barcelona and the player Marc ter Stegen have reached an agreement to renew his contract until June 30, 2028. The termination clause is set at 500 million euros. The renewal ceremony of the second Blaugrana captain took place this Friday at the Spotify Camp Nou offices, with the presence of the president Joan Laporta, the first vice-president, Rafa Yuste, the economic vice-president, Eduard Romeu, the manager Joan Soler and sports director Anderson Luis de Souza ‘Deco’.
According to Spanish journalist Gerard Romero, ‘MATS’ signing a contract extension has ‘assisted’ the club financially, as he has deferred his current contract, which runs till 2025, before truncating the new deal by 30%, which is a considerable amount for Culers, as it will help the La Liga giants to register their new signings.
Thus, Barcelona and their supporters would look at Ter Stegen for another glorious season on the fore, simultaneously shouldering the responsibilities of being a Barcelona captain, filling in the shoes of Catalan greats like Lionel Messi, Xavi, Sergio Busquets among others.