Marc-Andre ter Stegen is set to leave Borussia Monchengladbach this summer, and despite the shocking news of Barcelona's transfer ban (as reported by the BBC), the German international has made it very clear he has no intention of prolonging his stay with his current club.
Speaking to Kolner Express (via Goal.com's Mark Doyle), Ter Stegen acknowledged he was unaware whether the ban would affect his proposed move to the Camp Nou. A deal was reportedly agreed to prior to FIFA hitting La Blaugrana with Wednesday's punishment.
The stopper was quoted as saying this:
I haven't heard anything about it and I don't know why are you asking me now.
I don't want to talk about it. I will definitely leave Borussia Monchengladbach in summer.
The strong tone of the player's words would indicate Ter Stegen has his heart set on a summer move. Fans of Monchengladbach hoping to see their goalkeeper stay at the club until Barca's sanctions are lifted will be disappointed to learn such a turn of events is unlikely.
Ter Stegen's agent, Gerd vom Bruch, also couldn't say with any certainty what the news of the Catalan transfer ban would mean for his client, according to SID (via Goal.com):
You can be sure Ter Stegen will not be unemployed.
I'm not a lawyer but the question is if already done deals are affected or not.
I know Marc-Andre has still a contract with Borussia Mönchengladbach but I can't imagine he wants to stay longer.
With Victor Valdes ready to leave the Camp Nou (as reported by The Guardian's Sid Lowe), Ter Stegen was supposed to become Barcelona's new No. 1 between the sticks. The youngster looked set to finally achieve the platform on which to make a run at the starting position in the German national team, a spot currently held by Bayern Munich's Manuel Neuer.
Should the proposed deal collapse as a consequence of FIFA's sanctions, it would mean disaster for both the player and club as Barcelona are currently stuck with Jose Manuel Pinto as their starting goalkeeper.
DW-Sports claims FIFA has confirmed any deal already in place would be allowed to go ahead, but no official word has been given on whether Ter Stegen and Monchengladbach have already put pen to paper:
FIFA have also said that IF ter Stegen has already signed a contract with Barcelona (no news on that if so...), deal CAN go ahead.— DW - Sports (@dw_sports) April 2, 2014
Sport Witness has learned that probably isn't the case:
Most of Spanish press pretty certain that Ter Stegen deal wouldn't happen if ban upheld. Best clubs had was verbal agreement, no contract.— Sport Witness (@Sport_Witness) April 2, 2014
Ter Stegen became Monchengladbach's starting goalkeeper in the 2010-11 season and quickly established himself as one of the top up-and-coming players in European football.
If the proposed deal is indeed dead, one has to assume there will be a considerable market for one of the top young keepers in the world, provided that Ter Stegen is willing to make the switch to a different club than the one he so desired.