Barcelona fans can rejoice and breathe a sigh of relief.
Barcelona sits top of the La Liga table as things stand, although they have of course been thwarted by the break which the Coronavirus pandemic has brought about. Still, there seems to be two players that you can single, or should I say double-handedly acclaim their success to.
Lionel Messi and Marc-Andre ter Stegen have been the two most important Blaugrana players this season. The German shot-stopper has won many points that the team perhaps haven’t deserved with his fine displays between the sticks. Messi has been, well, Messi. I don’t need to remind you how good the best player of all time is.
According to a new report from Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona is working on tying both of them down to a new contract. This will come as a huge relief to fans, as social media seems to have been doing its job at convincing them they could be sold in recent months.
Of course, there is a growing consensus of trust surrounding Lionel Messi, since he has never played for another club and he owes his legendary legacy to Barcelona.
However, when it comes to Marc-Andre ter Stegen, trust is a little harder to obtain. He has been shown plenty of interest from Bayern Munich. As any German goalkeeper will tell you, filling the gloves of Manuel Neuer is an attractive proposition.
It’s important to mention, though, that these rumours were started before the Coronavirus outbreak put the world on hold. It is bound to crash the football transfer market too, making it harder for teams across Europe to go about their business. That said, players will be more swayed to sticking loyally to their clubs out of respect.
Do you think Lionel Messi and Marc-Andre ter Stegen will sign new contracts at Barcelona?