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Ter Stegen's shocked me, admits Bravo

Claudio Bravo has admitted that his Barcelona goalkeeping rival Marc-Andre ter Stegen has surprised him with his ability and attitude.

Bravo impressed in Chile's World Cup campaign this summer, after being a regular between the sticks for seven of his eight seasons with Real Sociedad, and joined Camp Nou in a €12 million deal after the South American side were eliminated.

Ter Stegen's move to fill the void left by Victor Valdes, who departed the club this summer, had long been mooted but Bravo's arrival posed question marks as to whom new coach Luis Enrique would choose as his No.1 in 2014-15.

Despite having never settled for being second best, Bravo insists he has no idea who will be picked as the first-choice shot-stopper this campaign and praised the way that his German team-mate has trained in pre-season so far.

"I have been surprised by many things that Ter Stegen has done," the 31-year-old told Catalunya Radio. "He has great quality and is already talking the native language, Catalan.

"[Goalkeeping youth product] Jordi Masip is also training well and knows the methodology of Barca.

"In my career I have never been a substitute but I have always started from scratch with my peers. Here there is a healthy competition that will help the team to be as prepared as possible.

"I think we both have the same chance to be a starter. But I do not know who will begin there. I think we always have to prepare to be picked but not expect to start."

Barca face Nice in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, with kick off at 20:45CET.