Ter Stegen: The future is a long way away

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen says he would rather focus on doing well for the club instead of thinking about his future plans.

The 23-year-old has been forced to play as a back-up to first-choice goalkeeper Claudio Bravo since joining the Catalan outfit in 2015, and has recently been linked with a move away from Camp Nou.

Premier League side Liverpool, managed by German coach Jurgen Klopp, have been strongly credited with an interest in the former Borussia Mönchengladbach shot-stopper.

However, the Germany international has enjoyed a regular run in cup competitions, making three Champions League starts this season and is set to make his fourth in the second leg of their Last-16 clash with Arsenal on Wednesday.

Ter Stegen, though, insists he is not really thinking about his future, saying that as long as he is playing football nothing else matters.

"The truth is I'm not really thinking about the future for the time being. I'm focused on tomorrow [against Arsenal], which is really exciting for me," Stegen said on Tuesday. "It's a game where I have the opportunity to play again.

"The future is a long way away. But for the time being I'm interested in tomorrow. We want to win, I want to win, that's it.

"If I can play football I'm not interested in anything else. Of course there is always pressure but I'm always excited about playing. If you can win games like tomorrow's, you have to enjoy that.

"It's a question I get asked a lot but I'm really only thinking about tomorrow. I want to do my best and the end of the season is far away. You never know what the situation will be. It's football, we'll see how things go.

"The situation is the one we've got. Of course you want to play as much as possible, but for now I play in the Champions League and the Copa del Rey and I want to play to my best ability all the time," he concluded.

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