Rumors of Marc-Andre ter Stegen making his way to Barcelona have irked both him and his club.
Borussia Moenchengladbach’s young and promising goalkeeper will remain in Germany for the forseeable future, despite many speculating he would be dubbed the successor to Victor Valdes.
Ter Stegen told German paper Bild “It is amusing, to hear about what I have supposedly signed, because apparently know a lot more than I do about my future. The fact is: I’m here. I look forward to the upcoming season with Borussia, as we have some great new additions. I’m really curious what is emerging here.”
This comes a little over a week after the Moenchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl telling Kicker, “Neither the player nor his advisers nor Borussia Moenchengladbach know of an offer having been made” and eventually admitting the speculation about his keeper was “getting on my nerves.”
However, both ter Stegen and his personnel boss admitted they do not know what the future holds, as any player of his level will be cause for rumors and interest worldwide.
“However you never know what’s in the coming seasons, anything can happen” ter Stegen told Bild. Eberl also said in his Kicker interview, “ter Stegen is one of the most talented goalkeepers on the continent, so of course big clubs are interested in signing him.”
The 21-year-old was reported to be the subject of a bid from Barcelona by the Catalan media outfit Mundo Deportivo. The Spanish paper has long been reporting Barcelona’s interest in ter Stegen as the possible successor to aging keeper Victor Valdes.
Ter Stegen’s contract lasts until June of 2015.
The German international was in goal for the USA’s 4-3 win over Germany, allowing a ridiculous own-goal that helped the U.S. hold off a late charge from the European power.
Reports out of Turkey say Newcastle United have finally struck the transfer market for a new No. 10.
[ MORE: West Ham adds Diop ]
Aksam reports that Rafa Benitez got the Magpies hierarchy to activate a near $12 million release clause for Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.
The 25-year-old was part of Arsenal’s youth set-up until 2012, making two League Cup appearances in 2011-12 before moving to Besiktas.
Dutch-born Ozyakup is 35-times capped with a goal for Turkey, twice captaining the Crescent-Stars.
Ozyakup lost playing time to Talisca this season, and registered just four assists in 24 appearances. In 219 appearances for Besiktas, he’s posted 27 goals with 50 assists.
Like the move for Newcastle?
Manchester United and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku has an inspiring and emotional post in The Players’ Tribune which tugs at the heart strings and explains his competitive fire.
[ MORE: West Ham adds Diop ]
Lukaku talks about how his family’s poverty caused him to become a fierce competitor in the hopes of meeting his dreams head-on and providing for his family.
The Belgian, 25, scored twice in his side’s 3-0 World Cup-opening win over Panama earlier this week, and is now far removed from his youth, but he tells his story as if it lives fresh in his mind.
From The Players’ Tribune:
There were even times when my mum had to “borrow” bread from the bakery down the street. The bakers knew me and my little brother, so they’d let her take a loaf of bread on Monday and pay them back on Friday.
Lukaku also talks about racism in football, his debut for Anderlecht, and that aforementioned competitive drive. It’s 100 percent worth the read.
West Ham has reportedly set a club record with its latest signing under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Issa Diop is the player, the 21-year-old Toulouse captain and center back costing the Irons around $29 million.
[ MORE: Arsenal signs Leno ]
Diop scored three goals with an assist and eight yellow cards in 31 Ligue 1 matches this season, giving the young defender 95 apps, six goals, three assists, and 23 yellows since debuting with the senior team at 18.
Capped by France at every level below the senior team, Diop’s 2.2 interceptions per game ranked sixth in Ligue 1.
Toulose finished 18th in Ligue 1, but won its promotion/relegation playoff to stay in the French top flight.
“I am very happy to sign for such a historic, English club, and I hope to show my best here. I am a very ambitious player and West Ham is a very ambitious club, as we’ve seen with the appointment of the new coach. I hope to help the team win lots of games and make the fans happy.”
In the third episode of Layla’s Occasionally Unbiased Football Show, England pulls out a massive win while VAR finds its way into the World Cup spotlight.
[ LIVE: World Cup scores ]
There will be plenty more to come over the next few weeks, with the show coming via the Men In Blazers.
Click play on the video above to watch the first episode in full.