Marc-Andre ter Stegen has agreed to extend his stay with Barcelona until 2025, penning a new long-term contract with the club.
Initially signing back in 2014 for a €12m fee from Borussia Mönchengladbach, the German international has gone on to make over 230 appearances for La Blaugrana, cementing his place as one of the finest goalkeepers in the world.
The German stopper has collected a healthy number of trophies from his time in Catalunya, the stand out titles being a Champions League crown and four La Liga triumphs.
His current deal was due to expire in 2022, with the latest contract extension he signed coming three years ago. With just two years left to run, Barça were aware of the urgency to tie him down long-term, given his unquestionable importance to the side.
It was revealed recently that Barça were set to open contract talks with a number of their pre-existing stars; Ansu Fati and Ter Stegen being the top two priorities. There was optimism that an agreement could be made, with the official announcement of the extension due imminently. It is hoped that the German will be one of a swathe of players to extend their stays with the Spanish outfit.
Despite that, talk had emerged of bids coming in from Chelsea and Bayern Munich. The pair were looking to pounce on the situation given the length of time the discussions were taken, but this delay had come down to the coronavirus shutdown making a solution harder to reach.
Ter Stegen will make his 235th outing for the club on Saturday, as Quique Setien’s side take on Napoli in the second leg of their round of 16 tie, having left Stadio San Paolo with a 1-1 draw from their first encounter.