Manuel Neuer insists that he’s got a good relationship with Marc-Andre ter Stegen despite their rivalry for Germany’s No.1 jersey heating up.
There have been calls in Germany for Neuer to make way so that Ter Stegen can finally have his chance to shine in goal.
While Joachim Low gave the Barcelona goalkeeper the nod for Wednesday’s 2-2 friendly draw against Argentina, Neuer will take over for the big one in Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Estonia.
Understandably, Ter Stegen is beginning to show his frustration given his fine form at Barcelona. Neuer, on the other hand, has been a mere shadow of his old self since returning from a serious injury at Bayern Munich.
“That’s a normal statement, everyone who’s in the game wants to play. I do not know any player who likes to sit on the bench,” Germany captain Neuer told reporters.
“It’s not the first time he’s said something like this. He’s a really good goalie who always wants to play, and that’s clear to me, too, and he showed a good performance.
“We have a great relationship like always. We are talking normally. Marc did well against Argentina. It’s all about the team for us.
“I would have preferred to play both games, clearly. But tomorrow is a competitive game, it’s about points. I’m ready.”
Recent reports in Germany, however, have claimed that Neuer may decide to retire from international football after next summer’s European championship.
“Currently there’s nothing to announce,” added the 33-year-old.
“I’m fit and performing well, so there’s no reason to think about ending my career.”
The Estonia and Germany match takes place in Tallinn, with kick-off set for 20:45 (CET).