Marc-Andre ter Stegen to Sign New Barcelona Contract with €180M Buyout Clause

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistMay 29, 2017

GIJON, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24:  Marc-Andre ter Stegen of FC Barcelona looks on prior to the start the La Liga match between Real Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona at Estadio El Molinon on September 24, 2016 in Gijon, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen on Monday agreed a contract extension with the club.

The Blaugrana announced the news via their official website: "FC Barcelona has reached an agreement with the player Marc-Andre ter Stegen to extend and improve his contract until 30 June 2022. His buyout clause now stands at 180 million euros. His new contract will be signed on Tuesday 30 May at 1.30 p.m. CET at the club offices."

Since joining Barcelona from Borussia Monchengladbach in the summer of 2014, Ter Stegen has been largely impressive.

Although he was initially behind Claudio Bravo in the pecking order, with the Chilean starting league matches and Ter Stegen playing cup games, there were many impressive moments from the German during Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League tussles.

This save against Bayern Munich in the semi-final of the 2014-15 Champions League, a competition Barca went on to win, is one of many special pieces of goalkeeping produced by the stopper:

After Bravo departed for Manchester City in the summer of 2016, Ter Stegen became Barca's first choice between the sticks, with manager Luis Enrique clearly feeling the 25-year-old was ready for more responsibility.

There have been some teething problems, though. While Ter Stegen looks to distribute from the base of the team with composure and inventiveness, it can go badly wrong; during a 4-3 loss to Celta Vigo in La Liga earlier in the season, his attempted clearance embarrassingly crashed off Pablo Hernandez before bouncing into the net.

Evidently, Barca have faith in his talents. The goalkeeper may not be the complete package in comparison to some of the world's best stoppers, but last season was only his first as the No. 1 at the Camp Nou, and a period of transition is no great surprise.

With an improved deal secured, the challenge for Ter Stegen will be to kick on. Given the high standards to which he's performed already in his Barcelona career, he will be among the game's finest goalkeepers for years to come provided he continues to make positive refinements.

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