Barcelona fullback Martin Montoya has been linked with many clubs over the past few months as the defender enters the final six months of his current contract.
The 22-year-old has started eight La Liga games this season – surprisingly high for an understudy to Brazilian international Dani Alves. The defender had been considering his options of late, yet with his recent game time, it’s looking more and more likely the defender will sign a new deal with his boyhood club.
English press had reported Liverpool’s interest and had also commented on further options, mainly from the top sides in Serie A. Following Montoya’s agent’s comments, it still remains unclear which where the Spaniard’s future lies.
Martin Montoya’s agent Jose Maria Orobitg reporting:
"Montoya’s contract expires in 2014. Obviously the first option is to negotiate the boy’s new contract with Barcelona. Montoya wants to find an agreement with Barcelona, the boy is quiet, and his first choice is his club. If an agreement is not found it is normal for the player to look around, England and Italy are two of the best leagues in the world. I can say that many clubs were informed, even teams in Serie A. Yet, for now, we want to give priority to his club."
With reports of trouble in negotiating the renewal of Glen Johnson's deal at the club - this will come as something of a disappointment for Liverpool - as Montoya is a perfectly able replacement.
However the desire to stay with his boyhood club appears to be winning him over - and if any group of fans can understand that mind set, it will be Liverpool fans.
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