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Ter Stegen still wants to become Germany first-choice goalkeeper

FILED - Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is seen on the bench during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group E soccer match between Spain and Germany at Al-Bait Stadium. Photo: Federico Gambarini/dpa

Marc-André ter Stegen remains determined to dethrone veteran Manuel Neuer as first-choice goalkeeper of the German national team.

Barcelona keeper Ter Stegen told Spanish sports paper Mundo Deportivo in an interview published on Thursday that his personal ambitions would not allow him to settle for the reserve role he has been holding for many years behind the 36-year-old Neuer.

“Of course I would like to play more but you must also say that Manu has done a great job in the German national team. We we can’t forget the success,” Ter Stegen said.

“I am always staying the same. I am trying to give my best at Barca in order to give the coach solutions if he has other ideas. I am to work hard here and fight for the position [of number one].”

The 30-times capped Ter Stegen is expected to feature in the next internationals in March because 2014 World Cup winner Neuer is sidelined for the rest of the season with a lower leg fracture he sustained while ski touring after the World Cup in Qatar.

Ter Stegen also said he is not thinking too much about his role in the national team at the moment because the focus is back on Barcelona who restart the season as Spanish league leaders on Saturday against crosstown rivals Espanyol.

“I think we deserve to be on top after all the time we played before the World Cup. And now it’s time to fight over this half year to get the trophy in the end as well,” Ter Stegen said.

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