Marc-André ter Stegen says he's determined to become Germany's first-choice goalkeeper – but not at all costs.
|Marc-André ter Stegen.||Photo: Кирилл Венедиктов/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0|
Marc-André ter Stegen has underlined his intention to become Germany's first-choice goalkeeper on numerous occasions, but Manuel Neuer has held on to the role until now.
And while ter Stegen admits that it isn't an easy situation for him, the Barcelona star is determined to remain true to himself and prioritize human values over his ambitions as a footballer no matter what.
"The situation is difficult for me, of course. You give your best, but you're not where you want to be. But I think that, over time, I have found an answer to this situation for myself," ter Stegen explained in an interview with t-online.de and added:
"I have set my priorities. I want to be as successful as possible, and it's my big goal to become Germany's number one - but not at any price. Football is one thing, but humanity is the most important thing for me. I want to look in the mirror and be able to say, 'you have worked honestly and openly voiced your ambitions internally. But you were always fair and didn't act crazy.'
"Being in top form and putting in top performances are my arguments. And to be named the best goalkeeper in the world would be a better argument than anything you can put into words," ter Stegen said.
The 27-year-old has made 22 appearances for Germany.