Liga - Zubi denies Barcelona link to Ter Stegen

Andoni Zubizarreta has denied that he was in Germany recently to sign Marc-Andre ter Stegen for Barcelona.

Reports in Bild have suggested that the sporting director’s presence in the country was to tie up a pre-contract agreement with the 21-year-old goalkeeper, as part of a €10m transfer agreed for the summer with Borussia Monchengladbach.

However, the former goalkeeper himself has played down the reason for being in Germany and assessed that he is struggling to find a replacement for Victor Valdes.

“I was on a trip in Germany. That is the only truth to the news that I have seen,” responded Zubizarreta to reporters.

“I am working on the options that we have if Victor is not here.

“I like many goalkeepers and I have a problem - that I always end up seeing something I do not like. I was a goalie, I always found fault and that is now the case in watching other goalkeepers.

“If Ter Stegen is signed? I do not ever talk about the options nor tell you what we have done. In any position. There is time until July 2014.”

However, the German club and the player’s representative have now made clear their position.

“No club has approached us or has contacted us,” sporting director Max Eberl has stated this week to Kicker.

“The fact is that we are in contract negotiations. And we are confident that Marc will still be playing with us because the talks are positive.

“Marc is 21 and at his age has to play, he needs 34 games a season.”

The youngster’s agent Gerd vom Bruch also played down Barca’s rumoured action: “The situation with Marc-Andre is unchanged, there is nothing new.

“There have been talks with Borussia over a contract extension and Marc-Andre is now considering that in peace.”