Bartra set to stay, Montoya may go
Marc Bartra says he is confident of signing a new contract to remain at Barcelona beyond next summer, but there are significant doubts over Martin Montoya’s future.
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Bartra and Montoya, both 22, are out of contract next June, but Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta has said recently he plans to keep both at the club.
There has been positive progress in the case of Bartra, who has made 10 appearances already this season and made his senior international debut for Spain this month, and an agreement appears close.
“The issue of my contract is going really well,” the defender told Al Jazeera Sport. “Everything will come out fine. My agent is talking about things with the club. I focus on playing well and training day to day, which is the most important.”
However, negotiations with Montoya look to be going less well.
Although Montoya played in this week’s 2-1 Champions League group defeat at Ajax, that was only due to current injuries to Dani Alves, Adriano Correia and Jordi Alba, and he remains fourth-choice full-back for coach Gerardo Martino.
Mundo Deportivo reports that no progress is being made over a new contract offer for Montoya and highlighted the fact that the La Masia graduate -- long linked with Inter Milan as well as English clubs including Liverpool and Arsenal -- will be free in just five weeks to begin talks with potential new clubs about a free transfer next summer.