Marc-André Ter Stegen renewed his contract with Barça this Friday until 2028 with a new salary adjustment deferring part of his payroll. The continuity of the German, who turned 31 on April 30 and who had a contract until 2025, was sealed before the end of the transfer market to be able to register pending players such as second goalkeeper Iñaki Peña and defender Marcos Alonso. The operation is being studied by the LaLiga accounts committee.
We have been working on this salary adjustment for months. As La Vanguardia explained on July 11, there was good harmony for the goalkeeper to sign a new link. It was even considered to advance it to register new signings such as Oriol Romeu.
From the offices of the sports city of the club they assure that the German's predisposition was always good because he feels valued and important. Ter Stegen has not only gained more confidence on a sporting level after signing a great season last year in which he won his first Zamora award. In 38 days the German left the Blaugrana goal to zero on 26 occasions. Busquets' departure also led him to climb a step to become the team's second captain and gain more responsibility. He also off the field.
The German is in the best moment of his career after turning his situation around. He started last year being one of the footballers marked by the loss of credit and titles that even placed him in the transfer bag. He had finished the 21-22 season with his worst record since he arrived at the Camp Nou in 2014: 34 goals conceded in 35 league games. And he decided to vindicate himself. “I need to rest,” he pointed out. In a thoughtful and consensual decision, the German temporarily resigned in the summer to play the four matches of the German team corresponding to the UEFA Nations League. It was a decision also destined to recover physically.
To achieve this, he underwent surgery twice on the patellar tendon of his right knee. The goalkeeper's joint needed to recover all his strength and for this a specific program was designed by Dr. Ricard Pruna, Xavi's trusted man, whose progressive application ended up paying off. He also has the day-to-day complicity of the goalkeeper coach José Ramón de la Fuente. Today, Barcelona's second captain is a leader on and off the pitch.
At the same time, Barcelona continues to work on formulas to enter in two tranches the 40 million of the economic lever activated with the German fund Libero Football Finance AG which, together with the private investment advisers of NIPA Capital B.V., have become new partners of the Barça Vision platform by purchasing 29.5% of its shares for 120 million euros.
With the income pending, the club will get enough economic fair play to close the arrival of João Cancelo, who is no longer training with Manchester City and who is in Lisbon waiting for his arrival on loan with a purchase option to materialize. of 25 million euros and which will become mandatory if Barcelona meets a series of variables, such as overcoming the group stage of the Champions League.