Interesting article in El País about the first months of the German keeper
Last summer former Director of Football Andoni Zubizarreta had a really difficult task to command: replace Víctor Valdes, who decided to leave FC Barcelona. Maybe Zubizarreta has comitted various mistakes in other signings, but in the goalkeeping ones he has been brilliant. Claudio Bravo and Marc-Andre ter Stegen have proved to be two high level goalkeepers. The Chilean is playing more games in La Liga but ter Stegen is one to watch for the future and he's showing great technical skills.
"In one training session, a few days ago, ter Stegen made Messi went crazy in a ball control exercise. "Leo!", someone shouted. "He touches it better than you!". The Argentinian replied: "Not better... much better!". This scene, reported in El Pais today, shows the respect and consideration to ter Stegen from his team-mates.
In the article there is also a quote from offices's sources: "It's impossible to say how many matches Zubi watched of ter Stegen". Journalist Lu Martin also reveals that Zubizarreta got really angry when executives Toni Freixa and Javier Bordas tried to block ter Stegen's signing (agreed in January) to bid for Courtois.