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'Haaland would make any team in the world better' - Ter Stegen responds to talk of Barcelona raid on Dortmund

14:09 BST 06/05/2021
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The Blaugrana goalkeeper admits to being a big fan of a Norwegian striker that boasts the potential to star for his next club for "10 years"

Marc-Andre ter Stegen would welcome Erling Haaland to Barcelona with open arms, admitting that a prolific striker seeing a switch to Camp Nou mooted would "make any team in the world better".

There is no guarantee that a raid on Borussia Dortmund will be launched by those in Catalunya, with financial constraints in the next transfer window and plenty of rival interest in a hot prospect needing to be taken into account.

Haaland may also choose to stay put for the time being, allowing his ongoing development to be enhanced in Germany, but Ter Stegen admits that whoever gets him is going to acquire a star with the potential to shine "for the next 10 years".

What has been said?

Asked for his opinion on a 20-year-old striking sensation, Barca goalkeeper Ter Stegen has told Sport1: "His style of play and goal scoring is impressive. 

"When you see videos in which he runs from the very back to the front in full sprint and hits the ball with all his might, that's amazing. It's pure will, you can't train that. Either you have this will or you don't. 

"Haaland would make any team in the world better. But that doesn't mean that he won't stay in Dortmund. 

"BVB is a very well run club at which an excellent job has been done in recent years. Why shouldn't he stay there for another year? That would be by no means a step backwards.

"If he leaves, his new team would have an amazing striker for the next 10 years."

Could Haaland be paired with Messi?

As Barcelona mull over potential targets for the next window, every effort is also being made to keep key men on their books.

Lionel Messi tops that chart, with the six-time Ballon d'Or winner continuing to run his contract down towards free agency.

Fresh terms have been mooted, with Copa del Rey glory and a La Liga title bid helping to keep the Argentine interested, and Ter Stegen is among those eager to see pen put to paper.

However, no pressure is being put on the 33-year-old by his club colleagues, with the South American having made it clear that no decision will be made on his future until the summer.

Ter Stegen added on the decision facing an illustrious colleague: "He's the player of the last few years for FC Barcelona. He is the maximum. 

"Of course, it would be a loss for FC Barcelona if he left. In the end, only he can decide whether to stay or not."

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