Germany coach Hansi Flick and Marc-André ter Stegen have mutually decided that the Barcelona goalkeeper will not be part of the squad for next month's UEFA Nations League games.
|Marc-André ter Stegen.||Photo: Кирилл Венедиктов/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0|
After holding talks with Germany coach Hansi Flick, FC Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen will not link up with the national team for the upcoming UEFA Nations League games in June.
"I always enjoy being part of the national team, and I'm pleased whenever I receive a call-up. On the other hand, after three intensive seasons without a real summer break, I'm happy that the national team head coach shares my opinion that I need this break and has supported me," said ter Stegen in a statement released by the German Football Association (DFB).
"Marc and I spoke very openly and at length about his personal situation within the national team and at Barcelona," added Flick.
"Marc is among the best goalkeepers in the world, but due to injury, he hasn't been able to use the off season in each of the last two years for his regeneration. Looking ahead to the upcoming World Cup in Qatar, we were both of the agreement that for him, a normal period this year without matches and training is important and makes sense."
'Die Mannschaft' are scheduled to face Italy on June 4, England on June 7 and Hungary on June 11 before locking horns with Italy again on June 11.