‘You can’t expect players who are not playing to be happy about it’: Marc-Andre ter Stegen hits back at Manuel Neuer after Bayern Munich goalkeeper told team-mate and rival to accept his bit-part Germany role
- Marc-Andre ter Stegen has continued his war of words with Manuel Neuer
- Goalkeeper Ter Stegen has become frustrated with his bit-part role for Germany
- Neuer originally told his rival to stop complaining and accept his situation
Marc-Andre ter Stegen has continued his ongoing war of words with Germany goalkeeping rival Manuel Neuer.
Ter Stegen was left angered during the recent international break after being axed from the starting XI against both Holland and Northern Ireland.
Goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen has been left frustrated with his bit-part role for Germany
The 27-year-old impressed as he deputised for Neuer when the latter was ruled out of action with a foot injury late on in 2017 and at the beginning of 2018.
However, Neuer came straight back into the side for their dismal defence of the 2018 World Cup and he has since kept his spot as No 1.
And now after admitting his frustration with his situation, he has since hit back at Neuer after his rival claimed he should stop moaning and get on with things.
‘Of course I have something to say,’ he told Bild. ‘You can not call for competition and expect players who are not playing to be happy about it.
Manuel Neuer claimed his German rival should stop complaining about his current situation
‘You do not have to say anything about my feelings, that’s my personal opinion. If you see the last few years as I have behaved, then such statements are inappropriate!’
Neuer originally claimed: ‘I think he’s a good keeper and he is performing well, but I’m not sure if that helps us.
‘We are a team and should present ourselves as such. We have great goalkeepers. We have Kevin Trapp, Bernd Leno… these are all great goalkeepers who also want to play and then sit on the bench.
‘We are a team. We have to stick together. The goalkeepers also have to stick together.’
Ter Stegen will be hoping he gets a look in when the next international break comes about in October, with Germany hosting Argentina in a friendly before travelling to Estonia for their Euro 2020 qualifier.
Neuer slotted back into Germany’s line-up following his foot injury, and Ter Stegen is unhappy