Barcelona are looking for new vice-captains, following the January exit of Javier Mascherano and the summer departure of Andres Iniesta, and Marc-Andre ter Stegen has put his name forward for one of the leadership roles.
Those who work with him daily at Barcelona say that he is the kind of person who doesn’t start rows, but who does speak up when he feels something needs to be said.
Organised and methodical, he is going into his fifth season at the Camp Nou and is open to the idea, saying that becoming a Blaugrana captain would be an honour in a discussion with the media following his return from holiday.
During that talk with the press, he also proved that he is a gentleman.
Speaking about his relationship and competition with Jasper Cillessen, it seems there is a better atmosphere in the goalkeeping department than when Claudio Bravo was there.
Ter Stegen praised his colleague and said he understood why he’d want to play more, while at the same time making it clear that the starting job is his.
As for any talk of Cillessen’s future, Ter Stegen spoke of how it is the Dutchman’s decision and of how it isn’t his place to comment.
He is already a gentleman, and he could soon be a captain.