Montoya keen on Barca stay
Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya says he would prefer to stay and fight for a first-team spot next season than to go on loan to play more football elsewhere.
Montoya, 22, has made just 15 starts this term, with Dani Alves still firmly established as Barca’s first-choice right-back.
This has led to speculation in Catalonia that the youngster might leave to gain useful exposure elsewhere, with Inter Milan and Liverpool among the clubs reportedly monitoring the situation in the knowledge that he has only 12 months remaining on his current deal at the Camp Nou.
However, the Barcelona-born player told Cadena Ser that, for the moment, he was hoping to remain where he was and fight for a starting place.
"The club have not told me anything, but I have a contract until 2014,” Montoya said. “If they decide to loan me out it would be a case of having to reach an agreement, but I would prefer to stay at my club."
Montoya is one of a group of young La Masia graduates, including Thiago Alcantara, Marc Bartra and Cristian Tello, who have played fewer games than some pundits expected this season.
The Spain Under-21 international said he would have liked more minutes on the pitch, but accepted coach Tito Vilanova had difficult selection decisions to make.
“I would have liked to play more, but the boss decides and we have a very deep squad full of great players,” Montoya said. “We knew it would be difficult to come in, although I would have liked to play more.”