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The former Bayer Leverkusen shot-stopper has downplayed suggestions that he feels pressure to reclaim his place as Die Mannschaft number one, at the expense of his counterpart

Hamburg keeper Rene Adler has refuted claims that he is pushing for a return to the first-team plans for Germany at the expense of Manuel Neuer.

The 28-year-old has gained a new lease of life after joining Thorsten Fink's men on a free transfer, although he insists he is keeping his feet on the ground at the moment.

"I am very grateful because I feel the affection of the [Hamburg] fans," Adler told Sport1. "This has given me a good feeling.

"However, only time will tell if I return to the national team. I have emphasised many times that neither I nor Neuer have put undue pressure in public on the coach [Joachim Low] to be selected.

"He is in favour of competition for all places. I was recently in his plans, and I don't believe it was the last time."

Adler's form, which has seen him only concede 22 goals in the Bundesliga so far, has resulted in him being linked to Barcelona as a replacement for Victor Valdes.

But the German refused to respond to the alleged response, replying: "I don't think [of Barcelona] at all."

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