‘I am not fighting with Manuel’: Marc-Andre ter Stegen insists that there is no beef with Germany team-mate Neuer as rival keepers train together amid tensions over No 1 jersey
- Joachim Low has a decision to make over who is Germany’s first-choice keeper
- Marc-Andre ter Stegen is challenging Manuel Neuer for the No 1 shirt
- Bayern chief Uli Hoeness threatened to have his stars boycott national duty
- His threat was made after Ter Stegen said he should be first choice over Neuer
- But Ter Stegen has now played down the rift between the two shot-stoppers
Marc-Andre ter Stegen insists that he is not fighting with Manuel Neuer as the battle for supremacy in the race to be Germany No 1 rumbles on.
Focus in the German camp as he been firmly fixed on who deserves to start in goal for the national team, with president Uli Hoeness threatening to have Bayern Munich stars boycott Joachim Low‘s squad if Neuer was usurped.
Both goalkeepers are both rated at a world-class level, with the pair playing for two of the best clubs in Europe.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen (right) has shut down suggestions of a rift with Manuel Neuer (left)
Neuer jumps to catch a ball ahead of Ter Stegen as the goalkeepers train on Tuesday
A rift has opened over who should be Germany’s No 1 – they play Argentina on Wednesday
It is thought that Low will split the playing time between Barcelona’s Ter Stegen and Bayern’s Neuer during the international break when they face Argentina and Estonia.
But Ter Stegen insists that the duel has not created any bad blood.
‘I am not fighting with Manuel,’ he said during his press conference ahead of the clash with Argentina.
‘Neuer knows that when I made those statements they (the media) went for me, not for him. We have a good relationship, very professional, we talk a lot but this issue has not been a subject of discussion among us.
‘It is a good relationship and without any confrontation. There is no fight between us or anything that has led us to discuss it with each other.’
Ter Stegen insisted he has not been ‘fighting’ with his Bayern Munich counterpart
Neuer has long been Joachim Low’s first choice in goal for the national side
The Barcelona keeper has been in fine form for the Spanish giants in La Liga and Europe
Neuer had originally started the feud by suggesting Ter Stegen should be accepting of his bit-part in the national side.
The Barca keeper responded: ‘Of course I have something to say. You can not call for competition and expect players who are not playing to be happy about it.’
Wading in himself, Hoeness had originally suggested a boycott was possible if Neuer lost his place.
‘Before that takes place, we won’t be sending any more national players,’ he had originally warned, before backtracking.