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Uli Hoeness backs Manuel Neuer over FC Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen

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Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has commented on Manuel Neuer’s quarrel with Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen who’s reluctant to sit behind Neuer for Germany national team.

The 67-year-old backs Bayern captain in spite of the German press support to ter Stegen.

Hoeness told Sport 1: “The West German press supports him to the extreme as if he [Ter Stegen] had won 17 World Cups. He doesn’t have a claim whatsoever. There is no discussion that Neuer is number 1. We won’t put up with our players’ reputations being hurt. Ter Stegen is a very good goalkeeper, but Manuel is much better, much more experienced. He can play as long as he is healthy. He will always be the best.”

The debate over who should be Germany’s first-choice goalkeeper shows no sign of stopping, but Germany boss Joachim Löw said he’ll try to change the situation by giving Stegen new opportunities.

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