Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is certain that Marco Reus would have made a great player for Barcelona had he chose to leave Borussia Dortmund.
The 29-year-old is currently enjoying the most impressive season of his career under new coach Lucien Favre at Dortmund as they chase a first Bundesliga title since 2012.
In his new attacking midfield position, Reus has managed an impressive 17 goals and 10 assists in 27 appearances across all competitions and he’s been named the Bundesliga’s Player of the Month three times.
Therefore, the Germany international has been regularly linked with a move away from Dortmund to rivals Bayern Munich.
On the other hand, Ter Stegen believes Reus would have proved to be a great asset for Barcelona in La Liga but respects his decision to remain at his boyhood club.
“What kind of football does he play? It’s crazy! He would have been a great player for Barcelona,” Ter Stegen said in an interview with DAZN.
“I think more would have been possible for him club-wise, but he’s happy, because he has his family in Dortmund which has always been very important to him.”
“He’s definitely a player who could play for any of the biggest teams, but he’s also a guy – and you have to respect that – who says: ‘No, I’ll stay where I belong, where my family is, and where I have support’. That’s an awesome decision from an awesome guy.”
Reus rejoined Dortmund in 2012 from fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach in a €17.1m deal and has registered 113 goals and 72 assists in 231 appearances across all competitions.
Despite winning the DFB-Pokal and two DFL-Supercups at Signal Iduna Park, Reus is still chasing the first Bundesliga trophy of his career.
Although this season does represent Reus’ best chance yet at finally lifting the Meisterschale (“Champions Shield”) with Dortmund currently three points clear at the top of the standings.