Germany `keeper Ter Stegen completes Barca move

AFP| Updated: May 23, 2014, 08:57 AM IST

Barcelona: Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was officially presented as a Barcelona player on Thursday after signing a five-year contract at the Camp Nou.

The 22-year-old arrives from Bundesliga club Borussia Moenchengladbach on a deal worth a reported 12 million euros (£9.7m, $16.4m) and he said he is relishing the chance to play for the Spanish giants.

"I believe I have taken the right step," Ter Stegen, who has won four caps for Germany, said at a press conference.

"This club has always given the impression that they wanted me. "It`s a fantastic club and there is no better option for me." Ter Stegen has not made the Germany squad as one of their three goalkeepers for next month`s World Cup, but is on stand-by in case Bayern Munich star Manuel Neuer fails to recover from a shoulder injury.

However, he is set to be the first-choice for Barcelona, replacing the out-of-contract Victor Valdes, and Ter Stegen is confident the move will help him force a way into Germany coach Joachim Loew`s plans on a regular basis.

"There can be nothing better than being allowed to play for Barcelona. A dream has come true," added Ter Stegen, who has been known to make the occasional blunder for both club and country.

"Moenchengladbach is my home town, but I wanted to do something new, so this is the right step for me.

"If I put in my best performances, it will be hard for the (Germany) coach to overlook me.

"But to do that, I need to play well." Ter Stegen is Barcelona`s first confirmed signing since Luis Enrique was appointed as the club`s new coach on Wednesday.