German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen admits he will have to consider his future if he does not start to get more game-time for Barcelona.
The 23-year-old has been Barca’s cup goalkeeper this season, featuring eight times in the Champions League, making six appearances in the Copa del Rey and starting only four Primera Division matches.
It has been rumoured the former Borussia Monchengladbach custodian could move to Liverpool next term and, while he does not want to comment on any rumours, he accepts his future in Spain is far from clear.
“I’m not considering myself with other clubs because the situation doesn’t currently oblige me to,” he told sport1.de.
“Football is my job and all that matters is the present, the next game. I am not going to be wasting time considering what I do next.
“Barca are a great club and things can still change between now and the summer.
“If the situation remains the way it is at the moment, however, then we’re definitely going to have to talk – there’s no avoiding that.”
Ter Stegen had the same role for the Blaugrana last season, when he did not even make a single appearance in La Liga.
He concedes playing second fiddle to Claudio Bravo is not always easy, even if he feels the faith of coach Luis Enrique.
The fact he played in the Champions League final and continues to appear in that competition is enough to prove that, although he would rather play more than just a handful of games each month.
“It’s difficult because you don’t get the rhythm that you would like,” he said. “Of course I want to be playing more.
“If the situation stays the way it is, then of course we’ve got to talk about it at some stage.
“In the long run, it’s very tough for a goalkeeper of my age.”