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Rivaldo urges Barcelona to tie Marc-Andre ter Stegen down to new contract

Rivaldo urges Barcelona to tie Ter Stegen down to new contract
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Barcelona legend Rivaldo urges the club to tie Marc-Andre ter Stegen down to a new contract in an attempt to ward off interest from Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

Barcelona legend Rivaldo has called on the club to give in to Marc-Andre ter Stegen's demands and tie the goalkeeper down to a new contract at Camp Nou.

The 27-year-old's current deal does not expire until 2022, but talks have begun over an extension and Barcelona are thought to view those negotiations as their number one priority in the coming months.

However, Ter Stegen's future has come under increasing scrutiny amid reports that Bayern Munich are lining up a world-record deal for the shot-stopper, and Rivaldo believes that the Spanish champions need to do whatever it takes to keep him at the club.

"Barcelona are negotiating a contract renewal with the goalkeeper Ter Stegen, and I agree that he deserves an improved salary for all he has been doing for the club in the last few years," Rivaldo told Betfair.

"Of course, much will depend on the player's demands as I don't believe either that he should earn a similar salary to [Luis] Suarez or [Lionel] Messi, but he should become one of the better paid members of the squad.

"He transmits safety and a team is built from the back. He knows how to play with his feet, has already saved the team many times and he's clearly deserving of a better income."

Ter Stegen, who has also been linked with Chelsea, joined Barcelona in 2014 and has made 224 appearances for the club across all competitions.

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