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Liverpool target 'in no hurry' to sign new Barcelona contract

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Barcelona defender Martin Montoya insists he's in no rush to sign a new contract, despite alleged transfer interest from Liverpool, reports the Daily Mirror.

The Spain U21 international has been heavily linked with a January move, as he enters the final six months of his contract at Camp Nou.

Liverpool director Ian Ayre flew to Spain for talks with Barcelona, but Montoya remains happy in Spain, and is biding his time as he looks to earn a new deal with Gerardo Martino's side.

"There is no hurry for me to sign a new deal," he said. "I am at the best club in the world and I learn each day from Dani Alves.

"I believe that the negotiations are on the way but without pressure."

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is ready to offer Montoya an opportunity for more regular football at Anfield, having been impressed by the 22-year-old.

However, Liverpool could face competition for the Barcelona youngster's signature, after Montoya's agent Josep Maria Orobitg confirmed interest in his client from a number of top European clubs.

"At the moment, everything is stopped [regarding a renewal with Barcelona]," he told Tutto Mercato.

"Possible future in Italy for Montoya? Every day I have to clarify the situation of Martin, who has been requested by three clubs in Serie A.

"He also has enquiries from other major European leagues."

Montoya is just one of a number of full-backs that Liverpool have been linked with during the January transfer window, with Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand also believed to be on the Merseyside club's radar.

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