Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen admits that his future was on the line in 2016, amid interest from Manchester City
The 26-year-old arrived at the Camp Nou from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2014 and is now Barcelona’s undisputed first-choice keeper following the departure of Claudio Bravo.
But it’s no secret that the Blaugrana had a decision to make between the duo in 2016 with head coach Luis Enrique’s rotation policy no longer working.
In the end, it was Bravo who left for City in a reported £17m deal to join former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola at the Premier League.
“You want to play, this is what it is about, this is what matters,” Ter Stegen told ESPN, after making his 150th appearance for Barcelona in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao.
“I don’t think anybody would have been happy with the situation but I kept fighting and there came a situation when the club had to decide. It was not just my pressure, it was Claudio’s pressure as well.
“The club had to decide one day. I think it was the right time for everybody. That the club decided for me was a sign, too, and this is why I stayed.
“It was a hard situation at that time, but I am happy that everything worked out well and that we’re in this situation, celebrating 150 games.”
Ter Stegen also brushed off rumours that a move to City was close to materialising after his wife applied to study at the University of Manchester.