Manuel Neuer talks up Marc-Andre Ter Stegen relationship and denies retirement rumours
Oct. 12, 2019
The competition between Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen remains a talking point in Germany, but the former says they are “great”.
Manuel Neuer dismissed suggestions of a rift between himself and Germany goalkeeping colleague Marc-Andre ter Stegen and also denied claims he is contemplating retirement next year.
Germany coach Joachim Low’s selections between the posts have been a major talking point in recent months, with Neuer seemingly still first-choice despite Ter Stegen’s form for Barcelona.
Ter Stegen has emerged as one of the world’s most consistent and dependable goalkeepers, while Neuer – who is now 33 – has shown signs of regression.
Barca star Ter Stegen was criticised by Neuer last month for “inappropriate” comments about being disappointed at losing his place in the starting XI, while Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness also took aim at the 27-year-old.
But Neuer insists there is no lack of harmony among Die Mannschaft’s goalkeepers.
“I hope you have watched us closely, it’s a great relationship with us,” Neuer told reporters ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Estonia.
“[Ter Stegen] played well against Argentina. We have the right team [of goalkeepers], with Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp as well. There is nothing to report, there was no deep conversation.”
Ter Stegen should not expect an easy run at the starting role anytime soon either, as Neuer denied reports he is considering retirement after Euro 2020.
“There’s absolutely nothing to announce,” he said. “I’m feeling well, I’m feeling fit and I’m performing well. I’m not thinking about ending my career.”
Some have tipped Schalke’s Alexander Nubel – not Ter Stegen – to eventually take over from Neuer in the Germany goal, and they Bayern man sees that as a possibility.
“He could be,” Neuer said when asked if Nubel may be his successor. “He has made good progress. He is a regular goalkeeper for Schalke and played a very good Under-21 European Championship.
“He is currently performing very well. Of course, he needs some experience as well, but the signs for German football are good, even in the goalkeeping department.”