Ter Stegen future hot topic at Monchengladbach

The future of goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was on everybody's lips at Borussia Monchengladbach's pre-match press conference ahead of their trip to Nurnberg.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen

The Germany international has already announced he will be leaving the club in the summer and has been heavily linked with Barcelona.

Gladbach have already reacted to news of his departure by signing Switzerland custodian Yann Sommer from Basle from July.

However, with FIFA this week imposing a transfer ban on Barcelona, doubts have been raised as to whether Ter Stegen will indeed be able to join the Spanish champions.

"I think you can see from how relaxed we are sitting here that our situation has not changed," said Gladbach's director of sport Max Eberl.

"Marc will leave us in the summer and we will then have Sommer as our new goalkeeper."

The chances of the Foals being left with two international goalkeepers next season therefore seem slim.

"I cannot envisage any scenario that could arise that would mean he would be staying with us," added Eberl of Ter Stegen.

Within the club, the only issue is not Ter Stegen's future, but whether his successor Sommer will be part of a European campaign with Gladbach next season.

Gladbach would earn a place in the Europa League were the season to end now, but with only a point separating them from fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen, the Champions League is not beyond the realm of possibility.

Nor is it unimaginable that they could leave Nurnberg empty-handed this weekend.

"Nurnberg are fighting against relegation and I think that says it all," said Gladbach coach Lucien Favre.

"We know the special situation they are in and it's going to be a battle. When we beat them 3-1 in the first half of the season, it was far from easy for us."

Gladbach will be without the injured Oscar Wendt and Martin Stranzl due to injury while there is a doubt over the fitness of Filip Daems.

Hayfever could put paid to Nurnberg defender Javier Pinola's chances of playing with the onset of spring causing the Argentinian problems, although with Niklas Stark and Emanuel Pogatetz both starting instead of him last week, he might not find his name on the team sheet anyway.

"The coach decides," Pinola told the Nurnberger Zeitung newspaper. "We win and we lose as a team."

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