Martin Montoya has finally had enough of life of playing second fiddle at Barcelona. At the club since ten years of age, the now 23-year-old has become disillusioned with life at Camp Nou and has decided a move away represents the best chance for him to resurrect his career.
Despite being played twice just before Christmas in a token offering by Luis Enrique, Montoya's mind is made up and he will leave in January. The new contract that was signed a year or so ago has barely been worth the paper it was written on and any promises that Montoya would certainly benefit from more minutes were exposed as empty.
Trust has gone
It's no surprise therefore that the employee/employer trust has dissipated and it's the right decision for both player and club that he moves on. The situation is a strange one it must be said. Montoya remains a consummate defender.
Perhaps the truth of the matter is that his skill set just doesn't fit in with what Barca are trying to achieve, Dani Alves's incessant attacking version of the right-back role a little more acceptable to the Barca hierarchy.
Luis Enrique heavily involved the player in his Barca B set up when Pep Guardiola was guiding the first team onto ever-greater successes and so will have been well aware what Montoya could bring to the party upon his appointment to the first-team hot-seat.
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No sentiment in football
Unfortunately for Montoya, that has counted for nothing and frankly there is no room for sentiment in football.In any event, Catalan daily Sport, via World Soccer Talk, have noted that a deal to take the youngster to Juventus is close.
The only stumbling block appears to be the fee, with the Italians unwilling to meet Barca's £16 million valuation at this point.
Liverpool retain an interest
With that in mind, Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool still retain an interest, and would be willing to pay through the nose to get their man. Strong in the tackle and disciplined in the role, Montoya's is an effective presence.
He fits the criteria that Rodgers looks for from his players and Montoya himself would surely benefit from learning from Rodgers, a forward-thinking manager who happily admits to studying the Barca model and applying it on Merseyside where possible.
A team such as Liverpool could do worse than look to replace Glen Johnson with a younger, more mobile version. It could be a marriage made in football heaven.