Martín Montoya is one of the five members of FC Barcelona currently taking part in the finals of the Under-21 European Championships with Spain. The right back from the reserves has stated that he hopes to find success one day in the first team and does not like to be spoken of as a possible bargaining chip in bringing a new signing to the Catalan club.
Montoya has a contract in place and assures that he “knows nothing” about the speculation currently surrounding his future: “I do not know what I’ll be doing next year. My priority is to remain at Barça, I want to succeed here. At the end of the European Championship we will see,” he declared in a statement to radio network Cadena SER.
The defender does not contemplate meeting up again with former coach Luis Enrique at Roma. Speaking with force on the matter, he noted: “To Luis Enrique I would say that I’m very sorry, but Barça is the team of my dreams and I want to succeed [here] and reach the top.”
Montoya does not feel comfortable when the media speaks of him as a possible bargaining chip to lower the price of a new signing: “The same thing is said of Thiago, of Bojan. We don’t like it. Of course it’s nice that other teams are interested in you, but to be a bargaining chip, it’s as if they despise us. So many things are being said, I don’t know what will happen,” he explains.
The player also assured that fellow blaugrana Bojan feels “animated” and “not discouraged” despite having been a substitute in the opening match against England with Spain’s Under-21 team: “Not playing a match doesn’t mean he won’t be playing in any of the others. He’s a very important footballer.”